Singer Ed Sheeran makes special donation to London Irish charity – and you could get to meet him
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Singer Ed Sheeran makes special donation to London Irish charity – and you could get to meet him

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has donateda very special prize in support of an Irish charity in London.

The performer is giving away a a meet and greet with tickets to one of his sold-out shows to the London Irish Centre.

Online bidding for the special prize began yesterday and will run until a winner is announced this Friday at the London Irish Centre’s annual charity gala – the Big Night Out.

The London Irish Centre charity’s patron Dermot O’Leary will also speak at the event.

Sheeran, who has roots in Co. Wexford, previously donated a signed guitar and tickets for a concert at Wembley Stadium to the London Irish Centre in 2015.

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The charity has run community services and cultural programs for the Irish in London since 1954.

Ed Sheeran’s generous donation comes in the build-up to the launch of his new album ÷ (divide), on March 3.

One of the tracks on the new LP is called Galway Girl and Sheeran has revealed that at least two Irish trad songs will make an appearance.

Another song features Belfast trad band Beoga and includes the sounds of fiddles, pipes and a bodhrán.

The charity say they are delighted with yet another donation by the 26-year-old superstar to the centre.

Gary Dunne, Director of Culture at the London Irish Centre, said: "Our whole team and hugely grateful to Ed for this brilliant donation.

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“We have been providing a wide mix of community and cultural services to the Irish in London for over 60 years.

“We are absolutely delighted that stars like Dermot and Ed are generously supporting this important work."

Sheeran’s paternal grandparents are Irish and the singer frequently visits the Emerald Isle for family events.

Last year, he recorded an Irish-language version of his hit Thinking Out Loud and got a tattoo reading “nuair is gá dom fháil bhaile, is tú mo réalt eolais” (“when I need to get home, you’re my guiding light”).

The online auction for the chance to win a meet and greet with Ed Sheeran can be entered here.