Christy Moore reveals Ed Sheeran 'drank tea and sang songs' before Croke Park gig
Ed Sheeran's sold-out concerts at Croke Park mark two of the biggest gigs of the year, but he still couldn't sway Christy Moore to join him.
The iconic crooner said he was "very tempted" to join the Thinking Out Loud singer on stage during his Dublin dates, but ultimately had to turn him down.
After performing at Glastonbury earlier this year, Moore said he was done with a "certain kind of gig" and a crowd of 80,000 fitted that bill.
"There’s a certain kind of a gig that I have to put out an energy I’m not comfortable putting out. I prefer smaller gigs," he told The Marian Finucane Show on RTE Radio 1.
Moore said he was "amazed" by Sheeran's presence, adding: "I’ve never witnessed anything like Ed Sheeran."
But Christy's decision not to join him on stage hasn't soured their blossoming friendship and Ed spent time with him and his wife Val before his two night stint.
"He came to the house on a Saturday afternoon. He sat with myself and Val, drank tea and sang songs," Christy added.
"He left the house at 5m to go into Croke Park and sing in front of 80,000 people as calm as. He's a lovely, lovely young man.
Later in the night, Christy watched from the side of the stage, saying: "Ed Sheeran was at the side of the stage in the dressing room with his parents and his granny and all his cousins and his aunts and uncles until five minutes before he went on stage."
Ed has always been vocal about his affection for Ireland after spending time busking here in the early days of his career - he also performed his VH1 Storytellers episode in Whelan's and was linked to Irish model Louise Johnston.
During his gigs, he invited rockers Kodaline and Glen Hansard to join him on stage.