Ed Sheeran & Galway
Did you know that Ed Sheeran used to spend his summers in Galway? And that he made the ‘Galway Girl’ video as a tribute the city he loves, with its bustling night life and thriving pubs?
Recently, I joined a group of students on one of the 90 minute walking tours. We had a special treat not long after beginning our walk, when Frank O’Connor of the legendary O’Connor’s pub in Salthill gave us a secret tour of his family’s world-famous music pub.
Much of the ‘Galway Girl’ video was filmed inside O’Connor’s pub and Frank says he now gets visitors from all over the world who want to check out its unique atmosphere.
Frank even allowed some of our GCI students to play the fiddle which was used by Hollywood actress Saoirse Ronan in the pub for ‘Galway Girl’.
He told us about the day Ed Sheeran took over his pub to make the video and of how two GCI students “spilt the beans” when they saw Ed hanging out outside O’Connor’s and put a photo of him on social media.
Within 20 minutes, there were hundreds of screaming teenage girls outside the pub!
Ironically, Frank and his staff were sworn to secrecy! They could not tell anybody that Ed Sheeran and Hollywood actress Saoirse Ronan were inside the pub, where filming too place throughout a Tuesday afternoon.
“About two years ago I got a call to say that these guys wanted to do a video promoting Ireland in America. I met up with these guys, because we have got a lot of requests from people who want to film here over the years. At the time, I had no idea it was for an Ed Sheeran video,” Frank told us.
“Between the jigs the reels, I found out that Ed Sheeran was filming the ‘Galway Girl’ video here. We had to sign this ‘non-disclosure’ agreement, so we couldn’t tell anybody!
“Two students from GCI, a girl form Brazil and a girl from Venezuela, were standing on their balcony when they saw Ed Sheeran come out to the back door of the pub. They took out their phones and started videoing him. They put it up on Instagram and within 20 minutes there were 500 to 1,000 people outside!”