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Fans seem to think Taylor Swift is in Donegal


by Sarah Finnan
27th Jul 2021

@taylorswift

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Taylor Swift commemorated the one year anniversary of her album ‘Folklore’ over the weekend, with some of the photos she shared suggesting that she could be in Ireland.

Once upon a time, I believe it was a Tuesday when you caught my eye… Die-hard Taylor Swift fans will recognise that as being the opening line to her song Forever and Always, but the whole thing takes on a little more significance this morning as we just discovered that T Swizzle could actually be living amongst us mere mortals!

Yes, according to the rumours, fans believe that Ms Swift is in Ireland – or was, up until very recently. Why exactly do they think that? Well, it involves Folkore, a beach and a very distinctive bridge. 

Basically, Taylor commemorated the one year anniversary of her album Folkore over the weekend, taking to social media to mark the occasion with two black and white photos of her at the beach. 

“It’s been one year since we escaped the real world together and imagined ourselves someplace simpler,” she wrote online. “With tall tall trees and salt air. Where you’re allowed to wear lace nightgowns that make you look like a Victorian ghost every day & no one will side-eye you cause no one is around. It’s just you and your imaginary cabin and the stories you make up to pass the time.”

Gifting listeners the original version of The Lakes as a special birthday treat, Taylor continued by thanking Swifties for their support over the past year. “To say thank you for all you have done to make this album what it was, I wanted to give you the original version of The Lakes. Happy 1 year anniversary to Rebekah, Betty, Inez, James, Augustine, and the lives we all created around them. Happy Anniversary, folklore,” she finished. 

Her words are nice and all but Irish fans were a little preoccupied by one of the photographs she shared, as there’s a very distinctive looking footbridge in the background – one that looks exactly like the one at Ballymastocker Bay in Portsalon. Recently named as one of the country’s best beaches by Lonely Planet, it comes as no surprise that Taylor is a fan of the place too. She’s a woman of great taste. 

But, if she is in Donegal… how did she manage to sneak in so quietly? The whole country practically went into meltdown when we found out Matt Damon was living la vida lockdown out in Dalkey last year, so managing to keep her visit a secret is hella impressive. 

Naturally not everything we see online is always as it appears, so the photos could be several weeks, months or even years old but it’s not outside the realm of possibility that they were taken sometime in 2021 – perhaps even during our recent heatwave given her summery attire? Currently dating Joe Alwyn who was cast as Nick in the upcoming TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends, there was much speculation that Taylor had joined him for filming in Belfast earlier this year. Reportedly spotted out and about with Alwyn at the time, a TikTok claiming that the singing sensation was visiting Ireland went viral back in May with several locals and several locals asserting to have seen her near Victoria Square. It’s all hearsay though and Joe’s social media doesn’t give much away either. So, Taylor – fact or fiction, what say you?

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