Friday 18 August 2017

'It feels a bit like home,' Sarah Jessica Parker and family to visit Donegal again this summer

Matthew Broderick (L) and Sarah Jessica Parker attend Irish Repertory Theatre's YEATS: The Celebration at Town Hall on June 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
Matthew Broderick (L) and Sarah Jessica Parker attend Irish Repertory Theatre's YEATS: The Celebration at Town Hall on June 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
Matthew Broderick (L) and Sarah Jessica Parker attend Irish Repertory Theatre's YEATS: The Celebration at Town Hall on June 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker stops for a Guinness in Foley's Pub on May 21, 2004 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images)

Brian Patrick Byrne

Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker will take a break from the bright lights of New York this summer as she and her husband Matthew Broderick are planning another holiday in Ireland.

The famous acting couple revealed they would even consider a permanent move from their Stateside home, and that their favourite things about visiting are cups of tea and “a proper fry”.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Parker said: “It always feels like it’s a place that is perhaps foolishly more private to us, and there’s a simplicity to the time that we spend there, and the people are so lovely. At this point it feels a little bit like home, in some way.

“We would be delighted to decamp to Ireland. Move the children, put them in school there, have tea every day, a proper fry. It’s just an exquisite, beautiful, relaxing, wonderful place for ourselves and for our children.”

Matthew Broderick (L) and Sarah Jessica Parker attend Irish Repertory Theatre's YEATS: The Celebration at Town Hall on June 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
Matthew Broderick (L) and Sarah Jessica Parker attend Irish Repertory Theatre's YEATS: The Celebration at Town Hall on June 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

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Her husband Matthew Broderick, whose father’s family hails from Kilcar in Co Donegal and who spent his summers there as a child, added: “We will probably go this summer at some point. I like tea, wandering around, eating, our friends. We have friends there too, that I’ve known since I was growing up, so I check in with them as they die out and get born.”

Broderick said the couple’s three children are especially enamoured by coming to Co Donegal. “The kids seem to love it. They keep asking when can we go back. They can run around and don’t have to be watched so much.”

Parker also revealed she had been closely following the same-sex marriage referendum, and admitted she thought it was “amazing” that Ireland was the first country in the world to vote it in.

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker stops for a Guinness in Foley's Pub on May 21, 2004 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images)
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker stops for a Guinness in Foley's Pub on May 21, 2004 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images)

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“I think it was really surprising, amazing, that of all the places that were pondering that decision, that it was Ireland first, given its religious history and the history with the catholic church, and the role that the church plays in people’s lives. We were texting our friends in Ireland, and they were giving us the counts by county. It was very interesting.”

Parker and Broderick were hosting an event at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York which was celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of renowned Irish poet William Butler Yeats on June 13.

More than 40 countries will hold events between June 10 and 13 for Yeats2015, with Sligo, from which Yeats took most of his inspiration, hosting the main four day Yeats Festival from June 11 to 14.

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