Heartwarming video shows young lad’s perfect night at Ed Sheeran concert

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Would you believe that Ed Sheeran is still in Ireland and is expected to play to more fans in Belfast this weekend.

It feels like a lifetime ago since the Caste on the Hill singer was in Dublin, but for Zak O’Dwyer, it only feels like yesterday since his dreams came true.

The 16-year-old, who has Down syndrome, travelled from Tipperary to Croke Park to see his hero in the flesh with his mam, sister, cousin, aunts and uncles.

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His mam Lorraine told Dublin Live: “Zak is the happiest young man, he loves music.

“Alexa is turned on every morning before school and again in the evenings. He likes to listen to Ed Sheeran and many other artists like Westlife. He even had ABBA playing yesterday.

“Zak was over the moon when we gave him the Ed Sheeran tickets for his birthday in October and was looking forward to it since then.

“He loves to make TikToks and has many videos miming to Ed Sheeran songs in preparation for the concert.”

Zak’s proud mam said it was Zak’s first time at such a huge show, and he had a night he will never forget.

“It was a great family day out, we had to keep extra eyes on Zak as he kept telling us he was going to get on the stage and sing with Ed Sheeran

“He loved every minute of the concert and sang and danced from start to finish. All stewards were lovely on our way in and helped in any way they could. This was Zak’s first outdoor concert and he was a little overwhelmed by it all at first.

“He loved the supporting acts but the minute Ed Sheeran came on his face lit up. The whole show was amazing and so many people approached Zak saying they loved his dancing.

“Zak was thrilled when Down Syndrome Ireland shared his video. We have read all the beautiful comments and Zak would like to thank everyone.”

The Tipp teen is more than just a music man, he’s also a soccer player with his favourite team being Liverpool FC, and not forgetting, he’s a TikTok sensation too.

“He loves to train every Saturday with Football4All in Cahir Park. Of course his favourite soccer team is Liverpool and he loves to watch all the games.

“Zak isn’t shy and will dance and sing whenever he gets a chance. On a Christmas shopping trip in Cork City Zak sang with two buskers called Dylan Brickley and Korey Power on the street and it was to his favourite Ed Sheeran song ‘Perfect’.

“He was delighted when the video was posted on social media and it went viral.”

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