Ed Sheeran gives shirt off his back to Wex­ford ex­pat’s son


Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - BY DAVID TUCKER

SU­PER­STAR Ed Sheeran do­nated the shirt off his back to the son of a Wex­ford ex­pa­tri­ate as a last­ing mem­ory of a con­cert he and his fam­ily at­tended in Boston re­cently.

John Fur­long, who is orig­i­nally from Car­rig-on-Ban­now, said his daugh­ter Ju­lia is a huge Ed Sheeran fan and the fam­ily bought two tick­ets for the Fri­day night show and four for the Satur­day night per­for­mance.

‘For Satur­day night we had two seats in nose­bleed sec­tion and other two seats were down lower but par­tially ob­structed view way on the side,’ said John.

He said Ed’s tour man­ager, Amanda, picked about 20-25 peo­ple at ran­dom just walk­ing among the crowd and up­graded them to front row.

‘She picked my wife Karyn and son first and then as my wife was ex­plain­ing to her that our daugh­ter was the main fan and asked if she could swap out with her, the tour man­ager said “I’ll up­grade her as well”. So it was pure luck that we ended up in the front row. I snagged one of the guitar picks that he flung off stage,’ said John, who left for the USA af­ter com­plet­ing his Leav­ing Cert at Good Coun­sel in New Ross in 1989.

‘ Then to top it all off, for the en­core he came out wear­ing a Boston Celtics jer­sey and played two fi­nal songs. (The) House lights came on and we were tak­ing a few fi­nal photos when one of the road­ies came over to my son Ea­mon and asked him if he en­joyed the show and had a good time.

‘Ea­monn said he did and the roadie handed him the Celtics jer­sey that he wore for the en­core and said “Here, Ed wanted you to have this”,’ said John, who lives with his fam­ily in Hamp­ton, New Hamp­shire, about an hour north of Boston.

‘It was a once in a life­time ex­pe­ri­ence and as both kids said, it was the best night of their lives,’ he said.

John said he tried to make a trip home ev­ery year, usu­ally for the first two weeks of July and had been back in Ire­land for the Le­in­ster fi­nal this year.

‘We are head­ing back for Christ­mas this year which will be the first time in 11 years that we will be there on Christ­mas Day it­self,’ he said. John said he had a large num­ber of fam­ily mem­bers still liv­ing in the county.

RIGHT: A de­lighted young Ea­monn Fur­long with the shirt Ed Sheeran wore on­stage for the en­core in Boston (far right).

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