Ed Sheeran heartbroken over death of his Irish grandmother 6 months ago

Ed Sheeran heartbroken over death of his Irish grandmother

Ed Sheeran wrote the track 'Nancy Mulligan' about her.

English popstar Ed Sheeran's Irish grandmother has passed away.


The singer's relative Anne Mary Sheeran, who inspired his song 'Nancy Mulligan,' died peacefully last Tuesday at her nursing home in Wexford. Her death notice reads:

"Died 25th April 2023 peacefully at Castle Gardens Nursing Home Enniscorthy. Beloved wife of the late Bill and loving mother."

"Deeply regretted by her loving sons, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, niece, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours."

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Credit: RTÉ

Also known as Nancy Sheeran and having had the maiden name of Mulligan, Sheeran's grandmother will be laid to rest on Wednesday, 3 May.

The 'Shape of You' singer penned the track 'Nancy Mulligan' after learning about his grandparents' love story. Nancy was Catholic while her husband Bill was Protestant.

Describing the origins of the song, the 32-year-old said his grandparents "had this sort of Romeo and Juliet romance which is like the most romantic thing".

The singer spent summers at their house in Wexford before becoming one of the most popular singer-songwriters on the planet.


His grandmother previously told RTÉ that she doesn't think of him as anyone but her grandson.

She told the broadcaster in a video interview in 2017:

"I honestly never think of him as famous, I have to say. He's exactly the same as he always was when he visits and it's very rare because he's always working.

"When you think he was working from the age of 14, I mean you'd have to feel sorry for him, you know he's so tired, but he loved it. It's perfectly normal."

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