Ed Sheeran performed to an intimate crowd of 400 people at the London Irish Centre’s fundraising concert on the 20th of June last with O’Donovan Waste as a headline sponsor continuing their commitment to supporting the Irish community in London. DJ Annie Mac, Stephen James Smith, Lisa Hannigan and Sara Cox also performed at the event, attended by A-listers and celebrities including Courtney Cox, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Laura Whitmore, Alan Carr and Roisin Conaty. Proceeds raised on the night will help support the development of the LIC’s charitable services and reimagining of the London Irish Centre’s historic premises

Hot on the heels of the sell-out Wembley leg of his tour, Ed Sheeran delivered a rare, intimate performance at The London Irish Centre this evening. Headlining the London Irish Centre Charity (LICC)’s first event of its ‘An Evening with Dermot O’Leary’ programme, the night was hosted by the presenter Dermot O’Leary, who is a patron of the charity. The programme is part of the LICC’s wider fundraising campaign to help further develop its charitable services and refurbish its historic Camden-based building. O’Donovan Waste were proud and excited to be a headline sponsor of the event and this collaboration demonstrates their ongoing commitment to support the Irish community in London. VIPs and celebrities including Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Laura Whitmore, Alan Carr and Courtney Cox, along with daughter Coco, all gathered at the charity’s historic Camden-based venue to show their support. The fundraising concert saw “Galway Girl” Singer and newest LICC patron Ed Sheeran perform to an intimate crowd of 400 people, coinciding with the closing of his four sold out concerts at Wembley Stadium.

With a full line-up of supporting artists such as Annie Mac, Lisa Hannigan, Sara Cox and Stephen James Smith, the evening offered concert-goers a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience and the chance to partake in the charity’s mission of supporting vulnerable Irish communities in London. Pledges raised on the night will help the charity develop its work at providing community, care and culture at the heart of the Irish community in London. Lucky bidders received the chance to take home an exclusive prize; Ed Sheeran’s personal guitar which he performed with at Wembley, signed especially for this occasion. Ed Sheeran said, “My Irish heritage is something I’ve always been proud of, so this concert felt like a natural fit. I love what the London Irish Centre Charity do in terms of being at the heart of championing Irish culture and community in London, and their plans for the future are really exciting. I’m hoping that people like Dermot O’Leary, myself and others can help them get their voice heard.”

Dermot O’Leary said, “It’s a big honour for me to be patron of the London Irish Centre Charity. I’m very proud of my Irish heritage; my parents were part of the post war generation of immigrants who came to London to find a new life, so the London Irish community is one that is very close to my heart. I’m looking forward to helping the London Irish Centre both promote Irish culture and support vulnerable people by hosting more events like this one in the future.”Sean Kennedy, CEO, London Irish Centre, said, “At the London Irish Centre, we are deeply grateful to our patron Dermot O’Leary and our newest supporter, global superstar, Ed Sheeran for supporting our charitable work with the Irish in London.”

Jacqueline O’Donovan said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that our family-run company has been involved in making this unique event happen.  We are extremely proud of our Irish heritage and it is more important than ever to support our Irish community here in London.”

Gary Dunne, Director of Culture, London Irish Centre, said, “We are absolutely delighted to have put together this very special event. The London Irish Centre charity has been providing care, culture and community to the city’s huge Irish population for over 60 years, and this event gave us the opportunity to both raise essential funds and also announce exciting plans for the future. We are deeply grateful to Dermot and Ed Sheeran, two stars who remain closely connected to their Irish roots, for joining us on this journey.” The event is also generously supported by other sponsors including Saville AV, O’Donovan Waste Disposal and Tourism Ireland with support from Culture Ireland and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.