Ireland’s Prime Minister Digs Bruce Springsteen

by Chris Murray on April 13, 2017

Just before St. Patrick’s Day last month, I had the occasion to sit with Enda Kenny, the Prime Minister of Ireland, and his charming wife Fionnuala, at Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown, thanks to my friends Billy Martin and Joey Filosa. I gave the Prime Minister a copy of Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen, the book I edited featuring Frank Stefanko’s photographs of Springsteen with an introduction by Bruce himself. Stefanko’s images of Springsteen are well known from his photos on the covers of Bruce’s albums The River and Darkness on the Edge of Town, as well as on the cover of Bruce’s recently published autobiography, Born to Run.

 Chris Murray and Enda Kenny, Martin's Tavern, Georgetown. Photo by Carlotta Hester/Govinda Gallery Archive. Chris Murray and Enda Kenny, Martin’s Tavern, Georgetown. Photo by Carlotta Hester/Govinda Gallery Archive.

Prime Minister Kenny was delighted to have Frank’s book and told me that at Springsteen’s last concert in Dublin at Croke Park, which the Prime Minister attended, he was caught on film playing air guitar to one of Bruce’s songs, and that the video went viral.

Fionnuala Kenny and Carlotta Hester Fionnuala Kenny and Carlotta Hester, Martin’s Tavern, Georgetown. Photo by Chris Murray/Govinda Gallery Archive.

Frank Stefanko’s photos are available through Govinda Gallery.

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2 responses to “Ireland’s Prime Minister Digs Bruce Springsteen”

  1. Mary Catherine Beyda says:

    This is wonderful, Chris. (and Carlotta). Thanks for sharing.
    You really have some incredible experiences!
    Now I know Joey’s last name.

  2. Bob Siegel says:

    Very cool guys!!!

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