Ed Sheeran spoke about how proud he is of his Irish heritage ahead of a charity event in London.
Sheeran will performed at the London Irish Centre in Camden in 2018, to raise money for the centre which provides care and support for the Irish community in London.
The London Irish Centre works with the biggest community of Irish emigrants in the world.
Sheeran followed in the footsteps of Sinead O’Connor and The Pogues when he performed at the venue and he spoke about what being Irish means to him.
He said: “My Irish heritage is something of which I’ve always been proud of, so this concert feels like a natural fit.
“I love what the London Irish Centre Charity do in terms of being at the heart of championing Irish culture and community in London.
“I’m hoping that people like Dermot O’Leary, myself and others can help them get their voice heard. We’re all very excited about the summer 2018 show – this is going to be something very special.”
X-Factor host Dermot O’Leary is second generation Irish. He is a patron of the London Irish Centre and will host the evening.
O’Leary said: “I’m very proud of my Irish heritage. My parents were part of the post war generation of immigrants who came to London to find a new life, so the London Irish community is one that is very close to my heart.
“I’m looking forward to helping the London Irish Centre both promote Irish culture and support vulnerable people.”
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Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling