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21st Oct 2022

Yes, Taylor Swift really mentions a Wicklow town on her new album Midnights

Ellen Fitzpatrick

She’s practically Irish at this point.

As any sane person is doing today, we’re all just blaring Taylor Swift’s new album Midnights all day – and as we did this we happened to notice a mention of one Wicklow town.

While most of the album is similar to Evermore and Folklore in the sense that the songs are about fictional narratives, certain songs on the record give insight into Taylor’s own life.

While Lavender Haze seems to give more information about her relationship with Conversations With Friends actor Joe Alwyn as she addresses the rumours they are engaged or even married, Sweet Nothing is co-written with him (under his pseudonym William Bowery).

And it’s in this song she gives a shout out to Ireland as Taylor recalls a holiday she and Joe took to a Wicklow beach.

In the very first verse of the song, Taylor sings: “I spy with my little tired eye, tiny as a firefly, a pebble, that we picked up last July.

“Down deep inside your pocket, we almost forgot it, does it ever miss Wicklow sometimes?”

Taylor spent some time in Ireland while Joe was filming the Sally Rooney series, as they were shooting mostly in Belfast and Dublin.

Last year fans went crazy online after many suspected she was in Donegal as Joe filmed the show after posting a selection of stunning images of herself on a gorgeous beach.

The superstar posted on Instagram and Twitter to mark the one year anniversary of her celebrated album, Folklore, and it wasn’t long before eagle-eyed fans spotted a distinctive landmark. A footbridge can be seen in the background of one image which Donegal natives will recognise as Ballymastocker Bay in Portsalon.

Also last year, according to numerous reports, Tay Tay joined her boyfriend in Belfast as he filmed the TV adaption of Sally Rooney’s novel.

Over on Twitter, die-hard Swifties went into a frenzy as other fans shared selfies they took with the singer during her sejourn in Northern Ireland.

The singer kindly posed with a number of fans as well as staff at the party, and many Belfast fans couldn’t deal with the idea of the singer in their town.

It wouldn’t be the first time, back in 2018 Swift and Alywn visited Ireland around Christmas staying in Glin Castle, which is owned and managed by Dominic West.

Alwyn and Taylor have been in a relationship since 2016. He also co-produced a number of songs on her 2020 album Folklore.