From Doyle’s to Dingle, five of Ed Sheeran’s favorite Irish pubs and haunts


THE buzz of live music is back Ed Sheeran will be heading to Dublin’s Croke Park for two big gigs this weekend.

he shape of you Singer was the talk of the country this week as he played two intimate gigs at Whelan’s and Vicar St and filled our airwaves with interviews.

Although born and raised in England Ed is very proud of his Irish heritage as his grandparents are from Co Wexford.

Growing up, he visited Ireland four times a year and it’s clear that Ireland influenced his songs, especially tunes like Galway girls and Nancy Mulligan.

In an RTÉ interview yesterday, the singer said he wants to keep his Irish heritage alive in his children and is excited to have his firstborn, Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran, and his wife on his tour of the country for the next month.

Traveling around Galway as a teenager and enjoying live performances at Whelan’s in Dublin, Ed often sings and talks about his love for Ireland. Here are five of his favorite spots.

Parsons Street, Dublin

Speaking yesterday, Ed said his favorite place in Europe is Dublin’s Vicar Street because it’s intimate while still having ample capacity.

He played locally on Wednesday to warm up for his Croker appearance this weekend.

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Playing intimate gigs is nothing new for the singer; In 2015 he also played a “surprise concert” on Vicar Street before his nights in Croke Park.

“I think it’s the best venue in Europe in terms of intimacy,” he told RTÉ Radio 1 yesterday. “It’s a big venue, but when you play the show you can see everyone at any time, it’s not like like there are many different floors.”

Dingle Bay, Kerry

Ed said in a chat with Ireland.com that his favorite place in Ireland is Dingle Bay in Kerry.

With stunning views and a beautiful city full of pubs and great food, it’s the perfect tourist destination, he says.

However, he added that he would recommend that anyone looking to move to Ireland settle in Wexford, where his grandparents are from.

The Hacienda Bar, Dublin

Ed has visited Dublin’s Hacienda Bar many times including after his performances at Croke Park in 2015 and before appearing on The Late Late Show in 2017.

He has also frequented many other pubs in the capital, including Doyle’s on Fleet Street and Fitzgerald’s in Sandycove, and said after his many visits to Dublin he would go home without a voice.

“I remember 2011, 2012, 2013, whenever I came to Ireland my voice was destroyed,” he said.

“I would basically go to a pub, do a session, sing along in a pub for four hours and do the same thing the next day and end up doing the show.”

Whelans, Dublin

Whelan holds a very special place in Ed’s heart because that’s where he chose to be a singer-songwriter.

That Bad habits The singer has played at the venue a number of times, most recently last Tuesday while warming up for this weekend’s gigs.

“I wanted to see a Damien Rice show for under 18s [in Whelan’s] 20 years ago and it was the day I decided to be a singer-songwriter,” he said.

“I went to this concert and I saw a guy with an acoustic guitar controlling an audience and in that moment I realized that if I work hard enough I can do it, so it was nice to go back there.

“I go back there to hang out anyway – they drink a good Guinness – but it’s also a great music venue.”

City of Cork

After his sold-out 2018 gig at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Ed said it was his favorite Irish gig of all time.

The Englishman, wearing a Cork GAA jersey, said the atmosphere surpassed even his concert in Dublin and described Cork City as one of his favorite places in Ireland.

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