Saoirse Ronan has gone viral after starring in Ed Sheeran’s newly released video for Galway Girl which is set in Ireland’s famous party city and cultural hub on the Western Seaboard and Wild Atlantic Way.
The flame-haired singer travelled to Galway to make the film with the Brooklyn actress. The video, which Sheeran filmed himself, is shot from his point of view and follows the Thinking Out Loud singer as he meets Saoirse in a pub before embarking on a Guinness-fuelled night out and ending up in an attic room overlooking the ocean
The video also features cameos from several other Irish stars, including comedians Tommy Tiernan and Hector O Heochagain and former Love/Hate actors Peter Coonan and Laurence Kinlan, who get into a drunken fist fight with Sheeran after he spills a drink on Coonan’s character. The video tracks the pair as they walk through Galway and meet several fans who follow them and ask for the singer’s autograph.
Much of the video was filmed inside O’Connor’s Pub in Galway, with fans causing pandemonium in the city last month as they tried to catch a glimpse of the singer. Crowds had earlier gathered outside the bar as Ed shot more scenes inside. The video was filmed shortly before the 26-year-old performed two sold-out shows at the 3Arena. Sheeran said it was a “long shoot”, finishing at 4am. The songwriter described Saoirse as a “phenomenal” actress. “She, off-screen, is normal and just like a cool person and, as soon as the camera goes on her, she just turns. It was a really phenomenal thing to watch. I’ve never really seen a young actor or actress that good. She’s really talented.”
Sheeran tried out several cities for the title of his single before settling on Galway, despite the famous song of the same name. “I tried Portlaoise Girl, tried Limerick Girl, tried Cork Girl. It just doesn’t sing as well as Galway Girl,” he said. The singer also revealed that Tiernan was surprised by the mayhem in Galway during filming and asked if it was a regular occurrence for him. “I said to him I shot a video in my home town in Suffolk and literally nothing near what happened in Galway,” he said.“I do think it’s an Irish thing. I don’t think there’s any other place in the world like Ireland for me.”
Not sure if it is fair of Ed Sheeran to use the same title as Steve Earle’s “Galway Girl.” This attracted one the biggest ever street performance Galway on 11th, 2016. A record breaking number of over 15 000 people came along to take part in the performance.
With two hit songs in their honour there is now a lot of pressure on Galway Girl’s. Maybe they’ll go into hiding on the Aran Islands until this brouhaha blows over!
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