American reality TV star Kim Kardashian (L) and American singer Kanye West (R) leave their residence in Paris on May 23, 2014, ahead of their wedding. Kanye West and his bride-to-be Kim Kardashian lunched on May 23 at a French chateau owned by iconic designer Valentino, kicking off a marathon celebration expected to culminate in the wedding of the year. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD

Kanye believe it? Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have caught the world’s paparazzi off-guard by choosing to secretly honeymoon in the rain-sodden Irish countryside, according to media reports yesterday.

Kim and Kanye were married in a private ceremony in the presence of family and friends in the Italian city of Florence on Saturday.

Media reports suggest the couple landed at Cork airport in southern Ireland the next day and were whisked away by a fleet of limousines.

It is rumoured that rapper West, 36, and reality TV star Kardashian, 33, will be based at a rural estate in the southern Munster region.

The couple known as “Kimye” were accompanied by a team of assistants and bodyguards, according to local media.

Far from the tropical weather the pair could have enjoyed in more exotic destinations, Ireland was drenched by heavy rain on Monday, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 17° C.

Tourism Ireland, which is tasked with marketing Ireland abroad, plans to capitalise on the publicity of having the world’s most famous newlyweds in the country.

“We’re busy at work here pulling together our guide to Ireland for them,” said Mark Henry, Tourism Ireland’s central marketing officer.

“We will be releasing it on social media in the next 24 hours aimed at them and their millions and millions of social media followers.

“It’s a short video piece that is going to tell all of those fans where they are and what it looks like out here and why, we believe, they’ve chosen Ireland.”

Kardashian and West are expected to remain in Ireland until Friday before jetting back to the US.

West will return in July to play a concert at Dublin’s Marlay Park. – Sapa-AFP