1 Ed Sheeran kicks off his UK and Ireland tour this week, with concerts in Belfast, Cork, Galway and Dublin. To celebrate this and Ed’s Irish heritage, we’re giving away two tickets to ‘An Evening with Dermot O’Leary and Ed Sheeran’ on June 19th at the London Irish Centre, Camden, where the lucky winner and a friend will get to see Ed and Dermot in exclusive performance & conversation, an after party with DJ sets from Dermot O’Leary and Annie Mac, and a showcase of new Irish acts too!
2 Ed’s love of Ireland is evident in his latest album, Divide, where he sings about falling in love with a ‘Galway Girl’. Galway is a vibrant city on the west Coast of Ireland, that’s renowned for its cobbled streets; medieval history and buzzing atmosphere, with traditional Irish music in almost every pub, so it’s no wonder Ed fell in love in this charming city! Galway is also a gateway to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way - one of the world’s most dramatic and unforgettable touring routes. Here you can stand on-top of some of Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Slieve League, visit the Skellig Islands and be awe-inspired by this UNESCO World Heritage Site and filming backdrop to Star Wars; as well as enjoy some of the freshest local produce and seafood!
And it’s not just Galway Ed has connections with, his grandmother, Nancy, was born in County Wexford, in Ireland’s Ancient East, where she still lives today. Indeed, the song Nancy Mulligan from his album Divide is dedicated to her! Ireland’s Ancient East is a land full of history, stories and legends, with ancient burial tombs that are older than the Pyramids of Egypt; idyllic towns that were once occupied by Vikings and lush landscapes aplenty with rugged stone monuments dotted across the land.