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Here’s a lovely pre-Christmas treat for any fans of Ed Sheeran who speak Irish (or Gaeilge, if you’d prefer).

Ed has recorded a special Irish language version of “Thinking Out Loud” as part of a special CD that will be distributed free to Irish schoolchildren in the new year. “Ag Smaoineamh Os Ard” will be the lead single from CEOL 2016, a compilation of Irish language songs from Kodaline, The Coronas and others.

It’s all been organised by the Irish radio station RTE 2fm, and this clip from The Eoghan McDermott show explains exactly how Ed came to be involved, and the lengths he went to in order to phonetically sing the translated words, without anyone offering help or pronunciation advice (the actual singing kicks in around the four-minute mark):

Eoghan McDermott told RTE: “Getting Ed Sheeran to record a bespoke version of one of the biggest songs in the world is incredible. The fact he is singing as Gaeilge makes it all the better.

“Ed and the host of other incredible musicians on our CD shows that the use of the Irish language is being revolutionised at the moment, particularly in music.

“This album shows that anyone can speak as Gaeilge and that we should all give it a go.”

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Filed Under: Ed Sheeran, Ireland
By Fraser McAlpine