Ed Sheerans grandmother to be laid to rest tomorrow morning

Anne Mary Sheeran

Anne Mary Sheeran, Grandmother of International music star, Ed Sheeran has passed away peacefully at Castle Gardens Nursing Home, Enniscorthy where she resided.

Anne who was born in Gorey was the inspiration behind her grandson Ed’s hit ‘Nancy Mulligan’ which he released in 2017. The Irish folk song is based on the story of Ed’s grandparents William, a Catholic man who married his love, Anne Sheeran, a Protestant girl, something which would have been frowned upon at the time. As the song goes, they were Married ‘down at the Wexford border’ and ‘went on to have eight children – 5 sons and 3 daughters’.

Prior to her leading lady role in Sheeran’s hit single, 98 year old Anne was already a star of her own community having been a nurse, she was well used to offering a shoulder of support where needed. Her and her late husband were also well known for digging deep when community events needed to be pulled together. She was a keen golfer a regularly played at Courtown Golf Club, and was one of the founding members of the Past Captains of County Wexford Golf Society.

Anne Mary Sheeran née Mulligan is mourned by her loving family, including her children, grand children and great grand children along with her friends and neighbours in her hometown of Craan, Craanford, Gorey.

While the song may have drawn worldwide attention to Anne, she was a legend in her own right in her local community long before its release. A nurse from Gorey, Anne worked tirelessly in her community organising social events and providing support to anyone who needed it, young or old. She was a keen golfer, regularly playing in Courtown Golf Club, and was one of the founding members of the Past Captains of County Wexford Golf Society.

Funeral mass will take place at 11am on Wednesday 3rd May at St Patrick’s Church, Monaseed. Burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery Craanford.

Donations if desired to St Aidan’s Daycare Centre Gorey. House Private Please.

Photograph: RTE

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