Karen Belz
Updated Feb 12, 2018 @ 3:26 pm

Before she was Lady Bird, Saoirse Ronan was Ed Sheeran’s “Galway Girl” in one of our favorite Sheeran music videos to date. The video, which was released in May of last year, was actually shot at a bar in Galway by Sheeran himself, causing Sheeran fans to line up for a chance to meet the singer.

While Ronan likely doesn’t play the fiddle in an Irish band (unless there’s something she’s not telling us), she was the perfect choice to play Sheeran’s girl in question. And it seems like the two had a blast creating the video — especially because we just found out that the whole tattooing part was real. Sheeran had Ronan write down the name of the song for him so that he could get it tattooed in her handwriting.

But the tattoo in question actually came out spelled “Galway Grill.”


However, Ronan recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show to clarify that the spelling error definitely wasn’t her fault.

She continued,

“The tour manager was going by, and he was like, ‘You know what would be gas? If you misspelled the word ‘girl’ and tattooed something else onto him…so, we did ‘Galway Grill’ instead. We got a tattoo artist to come in at 12 o’clock at night in Dublin. And during a birthday party that was being had in town. This poor guy, he came in, and he was terrified. This poor fellow was having to tattoo onto Ed Sheeran’s arm, the arm he plays the guitar with.”


Here’s a clip of the full explanation:

And here’s the music video, in case you need a refresher:

It’s good to finally get the whole story. And, hey — if Ed Sheeran ever decides to open up his own restaurant, we have a great idea for a name…