SCORES of young and old lined the pavement outside Merchant’s Quay Shopping Centre in recent days in anticipation of Ed Sheeran tickets going on sale today for his Pairc Ui Chaoimh gig next May.
Anthony Hayes, from Ballyphehane, was the first person to queue outside the shopping centre at 11am on Wednesday to get tickets for his two nieces - nine-year-old Isabel Lee and her 15-year-old sister Amy.
Anthony said his friends think he is totally mad to spend his days off work queuing for tickets, but according to Anthony it is “great craic.”
“It is almost a social occasion, we are all chatting and having fun. One of the radio stations sent down pizza last night, there was a bunch of meal deals that we all passed around. It was very nice of them.”
Sarah O’Brien, aged 20, from Knocknaheeny is a massive Ed Sheeran fan, who joined the queue at 6.30pm on Thursday.
Sarah said she wanted to queue up because she doesn’t trust online.
“Queuing up is the only way to be sure you will get tickets. You can’t trust online," she said.
Leon Kelly, aged 17, and Jake Holmes, aged 18, who work in Wexford came home to Cork on Thursday to get tickets to the Pairc Ui Chaoimh gig.
The young lads said queuing for the tickets has been great fun.
“There has been great craic here. There was a load of fire engines passing last night and they were beeping as they went past, there were a few cars that passed by shouting abuse, but we don’t mind that much," said Leon.
The duo missed the free pizza the other night as they were fast asleep, but they said they were well stocked up on sandwiches for the day and they were happy out in their chairs.
The boys are hoping to take home 12 tickets for the concert.
“We can’t wait for the gig, it is going to be unreal. I mean it will be absolutely crazy. We are delighted it is in the new Pairc Ui Chaoimh also, it means we don’t have to go to Dublin.”