Ed Sheeran's Limerick girl to join huge Irish summer tour

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Beoga and Niamh Dunne, left (Picture: Ruth Medjber/Ruthless Imagery) are to accompany Ed Sheeran on his Irish tour

Beoga and Niamh Dunne, left (Picture: Ruth Medjber/Ruthless Imagery) are to accompany Ed Sheeran on his Irish tour

ED SHEERAN isn’t playing Limerick on his Irish outdoor summer tour but he will have a county girl beside him on stage. 

It has been announced that Beoga – featuring Caherconlish's Niamh Dunne  – will be part of his live shows

Niamh, who plays the fiddle and sings, actually inspired the first line of Ed’s Galway Girl - “She plays the fiddle in an Irish band...”.

The daughter of renowned piper Mickey Dunne and Aideen O’Rahilly has a busy few months ahead of her.

Beoga are set to release their new single We Don’t Have to Run featuring Ryan McMullan on May 4. They will then link up with Ed Sheeran.

Beoga love working with Ed and are thrilled to continue their relationship by becoming a part of his upcoming live shows at Páirc Ui Chaoimh in Cork, Boucher Playing Fields in Belfast, Pearse Stadium in Galway and the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

 2017 was something of a banner year for Beoga as they co-wrote the massive international hit Galway Girl with Ed, and were featured on another track – Nancy Mulligan – on his album ÷.

The two tracks have accumulated 683 million streams on Spotify alone. They also performed with Ed in front of 150,000 people at Glastonbury, taking them to a fresh audience and elevating them to a new level in their career.

That connection also continued with Beoga’s appearance in the Ed Sheeran documentary Songwriter. The band have been at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival this week where the film has been showing.

Although Beoga’s sound is firmly rooted in the Irish traditional genre, they often incorporate other elements, and their current evolution sees them finding the precise intersection between trad music and contemporary pop.

As well as supporting Ed, Beoga are headlining their own show in Cyprus Avenue, Cork on May 3.