Ed Sheeran is proud of his Irish roots and Ireland has a big influence on his latest album Divide, featuring a song called Galway Girl and several top Irish musicians.

But it doesn’t stop there. The album also has a track dedicated to his Irish granny, 92-year-old Nancy who still lives in Co Wexford.

Sheeran used to visit her on family holidays when he was growing up and retains a strong affection for Ireland.

Young Ed Sheeran sat with his family

Nancy, who has eight children, 23 grandchildren and 5 grandchildren, spoke to RTE about Ed, or Edward, as he calls him and says she doesn’t think of him as famous at all. To her, he’s just the same pleasant lad he always was and hasn’t changed at all.

She says: He was lovely as a kid. He came every year on holidays. I always loved seeing my grandchildren.

“I never think of him famous. He’s exactly the same as he always was. He was working from the age of 14. You’d have to feel sorry for him but he loved it.”

Divide is Sheeran’s third studio album. His first two albums earned him 92 platinum discs. Music critics expect Divide to be equally successful.

One of the stand-out tracks is another Irish inspired number, Galway Girl, which tells the story of how he met a beautiful Irish girl on Grafton Street in Dublin. Listen to it here.

Published by Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.

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