Taylor Swift performing in Croke Park in 2018. RollingNews.ie photo.

Taylor Swift's Irish Roots

As Taylor Swift prepares to entertain Irish audiences with her upcoming gigs in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, along with its genealogy partner, The Irish Family History Centre, has unveiled what a release describes as "a captivating tale that predates her iconic song 'Love Story' and highlights the superstar’s ancestral ties to Ireland."

According to the release: "On September 12, 2008, Taylor Swift catapulted to stardom with 'Love Story,' which explored themes of romance, growth, and heartache. Long before this chart-topper, however, a love story unfolded aboard the ship AMY sailing from Derry on June 11, 1836. Susan Davis, a 21-year-old dressmaker, and Francis Gwynn, a 21-year-old weaver, embarked on a journey across the Atlantic, seeking their fortunes.

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"Their meeting aboard ship marked the start of a love story that would transcend generations, laying the foundation for a far-reaching legacy. After a two-month voyage the AMY arrived in port. Susan and Francis settled in Philadelphia, marrying in 1839, raising a family of six children, two girls and four boys.

"Francis Gwynn established a successful soap-making business, and the family prospered. Their idyllic life in Philadelphia was touched by tragedy. Five of the Gwynn children predeceased their parents. Only one, Mrs. Mary Douglas (née Gwynn), Taylor Swift’s great-great-great-grandmother, outlived her parents. In December 1886, Mary buried her father, in February 1887 she buried her mother. Some might speculate Susan Davis Gwynn died of a broken heart, or that might just be folklore.

"Susan and Francis' story serves as a poignant reminder that love can help us endure the toughest journeys, a theme often encapsulated in Taylor's lyrics."

Said Aileesh Carew, CEO of EPIC: “In tracing Taylor Swift’s roots back to 1836, EPIC exemplifies its vital role in preserving the rich tapestry of our past, ensuring that each individual thread contributes to the vibrant narrative of our collective history.

"As audiences prepare to witness Taylor's performances in Ireland, we invite visitors to visit and experience the moving and unforgettable stories of those who left the island of Ireland, and how they influenced and shaped the world.”

Fiona Fitzsimons, Director at the Irish Family History Centre, which is actually situated at EPIC, added: "The tale of Susan Davis and Francis Gwynn beautifully exemplifies the interconnectedness of family history and global narratives. Their journey is not just a personal love story, but a testament to the resilience and courage of countless Irish emigrants." More at www.irishfamilyhistorycentre.com

To learn more about "The Love Story Before Love Story," and to download an exclusive poster created by Irish illustrator Lauren O’ Neill, go www.epicchq.com/taylor-swift-the-love-story-before-love-story

And more on EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum at www.epicchq.com