Ed Sheeran took to the stage at Cork's Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Friday evening as the sun was beginning to set and proceeded to delight the 40,000 strong crowd with a selection of his best tracks.

It was the first of three sold-out gigs at the newly refurbished stadium in Cork City and bode well for the Saturday and Sunday night concerts.

One of Sheeran's supports acts Jamie Lawson tweeted that it was "an incredible first night" adding "if every night is as good as that it's going to be an amazing tour". Irish trad band Beoga and singer-songwriter Anne-Marie are also supporting Ed on his Irish stint.

Ed was lucky with the weather, walking out on stage for the last of the glorious sunshine.

The screams were deafening as the Shape of You hitmaker walked out, giving a quick wave to his fans while smiling widely.

His much loved single Castle On The Hill received a great reception from the crowd and had everyone singing along word for word.

The singer-songwriter kept his look typically low-key in a burgundy tee and check shirt. Looking good Ed!

Cork City also looked incredible for the first of Ed's three consecutive concerts. There was a beautiful night sky as the sun set over Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

As the sun faded, the stadium lit up with phone torches. And it looked quite gorgeous.

We thought fans couldn't be more delighted with the gig, and then Ed reappeared on stage for an encore wearing a Cork GAA jersey. Well played Ed, well played.

Check out some more photos and reactions from Ed's fans below. An epic night by all accounts!

What a way to kick off the bank holiday weekend!

Best of luck to Ed with his Saturday and Sunday gigs. It looks like fans who have managed to bag tickets have a serious treat in store.

If you weren't lucky enough to get tickets to the gigs, fear not. It sounds like Ed could be heard all across Cork city and beyond on Friday night!