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Wildest Dreams Taylor Swift pays surprise visit to Belfast after boyfriend finishes filming Sally Rooney series

The Tipsy Bird said the US pop star was in Northern Ireland to support her boyfriend Joe Alwyn who has just wrapped up filming a TV series.


Taylor Swift (PA)

Taylor Swift (PA)

Taylor Swift (PA)

Popstar Taylor Swift has caused a thrill in Belfast after turning up at a popular city centre bar.

The US megastar’s presence in Northern Ireland was feverishly speculated about on social media across the weekend.

It’s been confirmed that Taylor enjoyed a weekend in the city enjoying local hospitality, after earlier rumours circulated that she was in town.

It was claimed she was snapped while attending the wrap party for new Sally Rooney series ‘Conversations With Friends’ which began filming in Belfast in April and features her boyfriend Joe Alwyn among the cast.

On Monday evening, The Tipsy Bird pub finally confirmed the news with a photograph of the Bad Blood singer looking relaxed and smiling with her trademark red lipstick with a group of staff.

The pub even teased in a post on its Facebook page that Swift had enjoyed sampling their margaritas.

🚨𝗪𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝘄𝘀. 𝗕𝗶𝗴 𝗻𝗲𝘄𝘀 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆. The one and only Taylor Swift graced us with her presence last Friday...

Posted by The Tipsy Bird on Monday, September 13, 2021

They said Swift visited on Friday evening during a trip to Northern Ireland to support her boyfriend Joe Alwyn, who recently finished filming the TV series Conversations With Friends, by Normal People author Sally Rooney.

In the Facebook post, the bar said: “We can confirm she is just as lovely as you would expect and was kind enough to take a picture with our team.”

The post added: “Taylor, if you fancy being a Tipsy Bird another night in the future, you know where to find us!

“Oh, and if anyone wants to join us for margaritas that are good enough for T-Swizzle just click the book now button.”

Commenting on the post, Swifties including Rachel Lawrence, wrote: “Aww. this statement is so true, Taylor is such a sweetheart.”

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Antrim musician Tiernan Heffron said “it’s not everyday” Swift walks into your gig and stays for the three-hour long set.

"She was the most lovely person,” he wrote on Facebook. “She asked how she could follow what I was doing and gave me a tip! Dreams do come true, ready and excited for what’s to come #22.”


Taylor Swift with local musician Tiernan Heffron

Taylor Swift with local musician Tiernan Heffron

Taylor Swift with local musician Tiernan Heffron

And staff who served her at a Belfast restaurant also sang her praises.

Alan Reid, owner of Shu on the Lisburn Road, said Taylor, her boyfriend and a small party booked one of the private dining rooms in the upper house of the restaurant on Thursday night.

He said: “The staff who looked after her and other members of the staff who were working that night all said she was lovely, warm and friendly.

“She was pretty laidback about getting her photographs taken with everyone and couldn’t have been nicer, but she asked that the photographs not be put up on social media until the weekend was over. Of course we respected that.


Taylor Swift with members of staff at Shu restaurant

Taylor Swift with members of staff at Shu restaurant

Taylor Swift with members of staff at Shu restaurant

“We’ve had quite a few well-known faces in here over the years including Natalie Portman, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kit Harrington so now we can add Taylor Swift to that list.

Local Swift fans were on high alert all weekend and struggled to cope with the idea that their idol could just be around the corner.

One commented: “What’s the point in living in Belfast if I didn’t even randomly bump into Taylor swift?”

Another wrote: “Taylor Swift is in Belfast… she is in the same country as me I need an oxygen tank.”

There was a similar reaction in May when rumours began to circulate online that the ‘Shake It Off’ singer had flown into the city.

The rumours prompted many humorous memes and comments, with people offering to be her tour guide or inviting her for drinks. Others apologised for the dismal weather.

TV drama Conversations with Friends is the follow up to last year’s hugely successful Normal People, which was filmed in Dublin where the novel by Sally Rooney is set.

Conversations with Friends, which follows two best friends, and former lovers, and their relationship with an older married couple, will be in the same format as last year’s hit BBC show.

It centres on the lives of 21 year old Trinity student Frances, played by Alison Oliver, her friend Bobbi (American Honey star Sasha Lane) and couple, Nick – played by Joe Alwyn – and Melissa (Girls actress Jemima Kirke).

The series will air on BBC Three and the Hulu streaming service.

Rooney’s latest novel – Beautiful World, Where Are You – became Ireland’s best-selling fiction title of 2021 just three days after it was released last week.

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