Bruce Springsteen has spent the past few days enjoying the sights and flavours of Dublin, but it has emerged the US singer has strong Mayo connections.

Springsteen has family roots just a few miles from those of US president Joe Biden.

According to today's Irish Independent, Springsteen’s great-great-grandfather Richard McNicholas emigrated from Kiltimagh after the Great Famine to begin a new life in the United States.

His ancestors had come from the townland of Treenagleragh, on Sliabh Cairn, a hillside near Kiltimagh.

Official records for the areas of Bohola and Kiltimagh, the area where the McNicholas clan originated, are held in the South Mayo Family Research Centre in Ballinrobe.

The centre holds a variety of records including church records, civil records, land records, 1901 and 1911 census, and gravestone inscriptions from the region. ​


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