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16th May 2018

Ed Sheeran makes sizeable donation to Galway charity

Kate Demolder

The gift that keeps on giving.

Galway-based support charity COPE Galway has thanked Ed Sheeran and his catering team for a recent food donation, made by the musician, to their team.

The 27-year-old, who this weekend finished a string of shows in Galway’s Pearse Stadium, sent over a sizeable amount of food from the tour’s catering company to local charity COPE Galway, which aims to improve the quality of life for people affected by homelessness, women and children experiencing domestic violence and older people.

COPE Galway took to Facebook to share the news, thanking Sheeran for his generous donation – more of which, they said, is yet to come.

The post reads:

“Ed Sheeran just keeps on giving! Our Food Rescue team, Reamonn & John (pictured) collected a huge donation of surplus fruit, veg, cream, cheese etc from the the red-headed music maestro’s catering team in Salthill with a promise of more this evening!

“Thanks to Caoilinn Doyle, catering Assistant at Aiken Promotions and Ed’s travelling Head Chef Jack for all the help! We were happy to be able to respond, collect and redistribute immediately! Thanks so much to all!”

JOE got in touch with COPE Galway who told us all about Sheeran’s catering company’s generous donation.

“Caoilinn Doyle, working with Aiken promotions as catering assistant for the Ed Sheeran concert became aware that all surplus food from ‘Eat your heart out’ food company would go to waste once activities shut down Monday night,” COPE Galway’s Executive Chef, Geraldine Ryan said.

“Being from Galway and familiar with the work of COPE Galway, Caoilinn contacted me to ask if we could accept the surplus food. Our food donation policy and our active food rescue initiatives allowed us to quickly respond  and we collected over 30 crates of fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy products for distribution to our residential and community services ensuring none of this perfectly good food went to waste.”

Sheeran takes Dublin this week to round off his Irish tour with three final dates in Phoenix Park this Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

A number of diversions, road closures and parking rules have been shared ahead of the gigs – with Dublin City Council alerting attendees that all major roads around the venue will be shut from 4pm – 1am on Wednesday while “local access will be maintained”.

The set-up for the gig is also wildly impressive, with a bespoke stage offering a 180 degree view for Ed with no interference from any angle when he looks out onto the crowd.

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