Cork is shaping for Ed

Cork is shaping for Ed

The Marina alongside Páirc Uí Chaoimh with barriers in place as the city gears up to host Ed Sheeran (inset) concerts. Picture: Jim Coughlan

“THERE’LL never be another phenomenon like him our lifetime.”

As Cork gears up for ‘Ed Sheeran mania’, one of his support acts at Páirc Uí Chaoimh has opened up about their connection to pop’s biggest superstar.

Ed Sheeran plays three gigs in Cork this weekend. Ian West/PA Wire
Ed Sheeran plays three gigs in Cork this weekend. Ian West/PA Wire

There are just days to go before Sheeran plays the first of three massive shows on Leeside, with more than 130,000 people expected to attend.

Trad-folk breakout stars Beoga will open the three concerts.

Eamon Murray, bodhrán player with the five-piece, told the Evening Echo that working with Sheeran has opened up doors that the band had never expected.

They co-wrote the smash hit Galway Girl and joined Sheeran on stage at the Glastonbury Festival last year.

Temporary concert lighting on the Marina at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Temporary concert lighting on the Marina at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

“It has been a total transformation for us,” Murray said.

“He loves playing Ireland, he really does. It is home to him. There’ll never be another phenomenon like him in our lifetime.”

Meanwhile, city businesses are ramping up preparations ahead of what some have termed ‘Ed Sheeran mania.’

Ed Sheeran Concert preparations, at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Ed Sheeran Concert preparations, at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Paul Montgomery of the Rearden’s group of bars and restaurants is forecasting a ‘mini-Jazz festival’ atmosphere in the city.

“It is Ed Sheeran mania for the weekend; it’s like a mini-Jazz Festival,” he said.

“We are bringing in extra staff every night and expecting to be up 20% on previous May bank holiday weekends. It is exactly what the city needs, especially if the weather holds up. It will be like a festival.”

Ed Sheeran Concert preparations, at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Ed Sheeran Concert preparations, at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Closer to the stadium, Con Dennehy’s Venue Bar is also preparing for a bumper few days.

“The city badly needs this and, hopefully, we can leave everyone with a good impression of Cork and Ballintemple,” he said.

“We have extra staff, extra stock and are delighted to see such enthusiasm ahead of the weekend.”

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