Saturday 20 December 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Mammy's boy Johnny McDaid and fiancee Courteney Cox meet mother's pals in Derry

Published 29/07/2014 | 10:17

Johnny McDaid and Courteney Cox
Actress Courteney Cox and songwriter Johnny McDaid attend Kevin Morris' "White Man's Problem" book release party

It looks like Snow Patrol rocker Johnny McDaid really is a mammy's boy at heart.

He and fiancee Courteney Cox jetted into Ireland last week to introduce the former Friends actress to his family in Derry.

Actress Courteney Cox and songwriter Johnny McDaid attend Kevin Morris' "White Man's Problem" book release party
Actress Courteney Cox and songwriter Johnny McDaid attend Kevin Morris' "White Man's Problem" book release party

And in typical Irish mammy fashion, Pauline McDaid ensured she showed off her son and future daughter-in-law to all of her pals.

The trio made a trip to Bradley's Pharmacy in Culmore, Co Derry, where Pauline is a regular.

"Pauline is a regular customer at Bradley's and she was so proud of Courteney and Johnny, she wanted to show them off to everyone," an insider told Independent.ie.

"She's so happy to have them home that she's been introducing them to everyone. You would never know they're celebrities. Both of them are very down-to-earth."

Director Courteney Cox (L) and Musician Johnny McDaid
Director Courteney Cox (L) and Musician Johnny McDaid

Courteney and Johnny were also joined by her 10-year-old daughter with ex-husband David Arquette, Coco.

"She loved the city also and was spending quality time with Johnny's two sisters. They were all so happy," an insider told Us Weekly of Coco's thoughts on the trip.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 17:  Actress Courteney Cox and recording artist Johnny McDaid arrive at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival LA Kickoff Reception at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 17, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
The pair laughed and chatted before they smiled for the photographers, Courteney’s around the guitarist’s waist. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

They were also spotted ring shopping at jeweller D Cooley during their time here.

The pair became engaged last month after less than a year together.

Despite their trip home, it's not believed the pair will be looking at wedding venues when they're here as Cox is said to want to marry in her native Alabama as her elderly mother cannot travel.

The Snow Patrol rocker popped the question in Turks and Caicos where they were celebrating Courteney's milestone 50th birthday.

The pair are expected to wed in a 'small and intimate' ceremony before the end of the year.

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