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Ed Sheeran set to enthral the Irish capital this week

By Sheetal Sukhija, Ireland News
16 May 2018, 03:29 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - After performing six sell-out shows in Cork, Galway and Belfast, Ireland’s favorite crooner Ed Sheeran is now coming to Dublin.

The Galway Girl singer is set to perform three sold-out shows in the Phoenix Park in Dublin on Wednesday, Frida and Saturday.

Following his sell-out shows, Sophie Ridgley of Aiken Promotions addressed a press briefing in the Phoenix Park and said, "Ed’s fans in this country have always been the most friendly and polite to people."

However, ahead of the crooner’s gigs, where 150,000 people are expected to attend the shows over three days, Gardai in the Irish capital have issued advice and have outlined security arrangements.

Organizers said in their update that gates are set to open at 5 pm on show days with Beoga on stage at 5.45 pm, Jamie Lawson on stage at 6.30 pm, Anne-Marie on stage at 7.30 pm, before Ed Sheeran take center stage at 8.45 pm.  

Meanwhile, Chief Superintendent Lorraine Wheatley said in a media statement that there would be several traffic restrictions and other measures in place over the three nights. 

Wheatley said, "We would ask people to respect the park, it’s important that we leave it as we find it and we’d encourage people to embrace the child safety issues that we have. Going home at the end of the day, we would ask people to respect the local residents. I’m sure they’ll have had enough of Ed Sheeran at that stage."  

Adding, “With 150,000 people due to attend over three days the plan is to minimise disruption to the local community and we would ask people to be respectful in terms of their behaviour in the residential areas. I’m sure people will be high spirits after the concert so we would ask that they keep the noise down and also to be mindful of what they leave behind."

Officials urged fans to check the Ed Sheeran Irish Tour App and the Gardai App for updates on traffic and transport.

Further, they noted that there will also be a large number of Order of Malta volunteers and paramedics at the shows.

Further, gardai said that all units, including the air support unit, the dog unit, and plain clothes officers will be present at all the shows.

Officials said that tehre will be no parking in the park or near the park and fans will not be allowed to store bigger bags anywhere on the site.

Further, Ridgley said that concert goers would not be allowed to bring bags and if they do, the bags should not exceed size restrictions.

She said in the briefing, "Please don’t bring bags. If you don’t bring bags, you’ll be fast tracked. If you bring bags they must be no bigger than A4. If you bring a bag bigger than that you won’t be allowed in with it. Tickets will also be subject to an ID check."

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