After months of speculation, Ed Sheeran has announced his biggest Irish tour to date, with seven huge outdoor shows in Cork, Belfast, Galway and Dublin next May.

Fresh from his Glastonbury headline set on Sunday night, Sheeran announced on Wednesday morning that he will kick off his 2018 European tour at Cork's Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Friday May 4 and Saturday May 5, 2018. These will be the first outdoor shows at the revamped home of Cork GAA. 

He then travels to Belfast to play Boucher Road Playing Fields on Wednesday May 9. 

The mother of all Galway Girl singsongs will take place in the City of the Tribes' Pearse Stadium on Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13.

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Sheeran wraps up his epic Irish trek with two concerts in Dublin's Phoenix Park on Wednesday May 16 and Friday May 18. 

Ed Sheeran onstage at Dublin's 3Arena in April. Image courtesy of Martin Cox

Tickets for all shows go on sale on Saturday, July 8 at 9.00am with no pre-sales options available.

Sheeran has also warned fans that any tickets placed on secondary ticket websites will not be valid.

"Ed and his team have a strict stance against anyone using secondary ticketing websites for profit," said the singer-songwriter's Irish promoter, Aiken Promotions. 

"On this tour, any tickets that are resold will not be valid - this means no profit to touts and no one getting ripped off.

"On this tour, any tickets that are resold will not be valid - this means no profit to touts and no one getting ripped off"

"On all the stadium dates you will be required to bring your tickets, booking confirmation and credit card, plus a valid form of ID or you will not be granted entry to the show."

Sheeran's last Irish shows were at Dublin's 3Arena in April, when legions of Irish fans were left disappointed in the scramble for tickets.

He told fans on Twitter on Wednesday that they should expect more European dates soon.

Cork, Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Friday 4 & Saturday 5 May 2018
Ticket Prices: €91.00 Seated / €81.00 GA

Belfast, Boucher Playing Fields
Wednesday 9 May 2018
Ticket Price: £75.00

Galway, Pearse Stadium
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May 2018
Ticket Prices: €91.00 Seated / €81.00 GA

Dublin, Phoenix Park
Wednesday 16 & Friday 18 May 2018
Ticket Prices: €91.00 Seated / €81.00 GA