'Sheeran-mania' as fans sleep out to secure tickets
Armed with sleeping bags and warm blankets, Ed Sheeran fans queued outside St Stephen's Green shopping centre for concert tickets from the early hours of the morning.
Tickets for the star, whose hits include Shape of You, were scheduled to go on sale this morning for his string of Irish gigs next May - and hardcore fans didn't want to be disappointed.
Some were queueing from as early as 8.10am yesterday.
First in line were Finglas sisters Catherine (16) and 17-year-old Rebecca Douglas, with their best friend Lauren Leahy (17), from Hollystown, who planned on camping out overnight to get their hands on the coveted tickets.
The girls weren't put off by the prospect of the long, cold wait ahead, and said they couldn't wait to see their favourite star live in concert.
"We've been here since 8.30am, we're huge fans. We've got blankets, food, everything with us for the wait," Catherine told the Herald.
The pals even had a speaker to sing along to their favourite Sheeran tunes as they waited.
The three friends didn't fancy their chances of securing the gold dust tickets online and decided it would be good fun to camp out instead.
"I'd be devastated if I didn't get tickets," said an excited Lauren, a Sheeran fan "from the start".
"I've been to Ed Sheeran, when he came during the summer before. It was the best concert I've ever been to - and I've been to a lot of concerts."
The girls were hoping to buy tickets for the Friday Phoenix Park gig and with their Leaving Cert coming up next year, said it would be a nice break from the study.
"I can't wait," said Rebecca. "Everyone's staring and about 20 people have asked us what we're doing. I can't wait to hear him sing live."
The Galway Girl hitmaker is taking to the stage in seven different dates next summer, sending fans into a frenzy with news of concerts in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast.
Other towns experienced early bird ticket buyers, including Naas and Tralee.
Galwegians also took to the streets in wait of a ticket to see their guitar hero live in Salthill's Pearse Stadium.
However, fans were warned before the sale of tickets not to buy them as gifts unless they were accompanying the person to the concert. This is part of anti-touting regulations, with fans needing to provide ID.