Bruce Springsteen rocks in Limerick

Bruce Springsteen in Limerick in Thomond Park . The words alone were enough to send grown men into ecstasy.

More than 30,000 people saw history being made on the turf made hallowed by generations of Munster men this Tuesday night, the first of a string of sold-out shows in Ireland for The Boss and the biggest concert Limerick has ever seen.

It is hard to quantify the love and dedication among Springsteen fans for their idol, but the mass singalong that greeted his three and a half hour set paints as plain a picture as is required.

Fans like Jamie Tongue from Birmingham queued from Thursday of last week to get access to the pit area of the pitch, while to walk out from the city centre approaching showtime last night was to experience a carnival atmosphere.

Springsteen arrived into Shannon Airport yesterday afternoon and was quickly whisked to his purpose-built compound on the back pitch in Thomond, which housed a yoga centre and landscaped garden for him to chill before the marathon set he produced with his ever faithful E-Street Band.

Shortly after 5.30pm, there was a major surprise for the hundreds of fans who had arrived at the stadium early.

Without any fuss The Boss performed three songs, including For You and Hearts of Stone, during a ten minute impromptu soundcheck.

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