Ed Sheeran wowed the crowd at the opening gig of his two-night stand at Dublin's 3Arena on Wednesday night, his first Irish shows since his two Croke Park gigs in July 2015.

Keeping things simple just like his previous Irish appearance, Ed strode on stage with just a guitar while wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the word 'Hoax'.

But fear not, this was very much the real deal, with Sheeran still proving he's the master at making even the biggest of venues seem like an intimate pub gig, despite the capacity crowd at the dockside venue.

He opened his set with his recent number one hit Castle on the Hill which immediately got the crowd going.

Ever the charmer and the consummate showman, Sheeran told his adoring audience: "Dublin, this is always the most fun of any date on the tour."

Definitely not a hoax (Pic: Martin Cox)

Breezing his way through hits such as Sing and Thinking Out Loud, the set was also peppered with tracks from his new album ÷ (Divide) including Barcelona.

Of course, there was the inevitable knees-up finale of Galway Girl and Nancy Mulligan performed along with collaborators, Antrim-based folk group Beoga who joined him on stage.

Working up a sweat on stage (Pic: Martin Cox)

Before launching into his new version of Galway Girl, Ed and the lads in the band treated the crowd to the original foot-stomping Steve Earle tune.

And rubbing shoulders with the punters last night were some very famous Ed Sheeran fans, including Saoirse Ronan, Jedward and country star Nathan Carter.

Ed keeping it country before Wednesday night's gig

While many fans were left disappointed, after tickets for the gigs sold out in under five minutes, some lucky fans got the surprise of their lives on Wednesday, thanks to a Dublin radio station.

The fans thought they were going to watch the gig live from the Odeon cinema beside the 3Arena, however they could scarcely believe their eyes when none other than the man himself arrived and treated them all to VIP tickets. Check out their priceless reaction here:

Edmania continues again today with a second gig at the 3Arena but before that the singer has joined Eoghan McDermott as guest presenter on RTÉ 2FM this afternoon.

McDermott told RTÉ Entertainment that he was "delighted" that the Sing hitmaker was helping him to present the show.

Ed and Eoghan hit the airwaves this afternoon

"He's co-hosting the show for a full hour. He's going to be chatting and singing live and we're going to do regular pieces of the show and run some competitions that we'd usually run.

"He's got pretty much the last pair of tickets in the whole of Ireland to give away. He's going to call a listener by the end of the show and give them away," McDermott added.