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Planning a longer stay? Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick plan to extend Donegal holiday home

Published 01/12/2015 | 07:29

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker
Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker
Hollywood star Sarah Jessica Parker and their son James Wilkie walking near their cottage home in Kilybegs, Co Donegal
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker stops for a Guinness in Foley's Pub in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/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)

Sarah Jessica Parker (50) and husband Matthew Broderick (53) have just been given the go-ahead to extend their Donegal bolthole.

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In a sign that the Hollywood power-couple could be spending more time on these shores, the pair will be doing some considerable work on their Kilcar cottage.

They have been given the green light to renovate and extend the cottage with a new kitchen and a first-floor loft, the Herald can reveal.

They'll also be converting a former cowshed to add extra rooms to the cottage.

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)

Donegal County Council has approved the application, provided they make sure their waste water treatment is in order.

The New York-based couple holiday in Donegal every summer with their young family, including six-year-old twins Marion and Tabitha and son James (13).

Read more: The Full Irish: Sarah Jessica Parker takes her kids for fry-up breakfast in Donegal

The former Sex and the City actress, who's now starring in new HBO series, Divorce, has spoken before of her love of Ireland and how the family would even consider a permanent move.

Hollywood star Sarah Jessica Parker and their son James Wilkie walking near their cottage home in Kilybegs, Co Donegal
Hollywood star Sarah Jessica Parker and their son James Wilkie walking near their cottage home in Kilybegs, Co Donegal

Among her favourite things are being able to enjoy a "proper fry" and the endless cups of tea - not to mention the privacy.

"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," she said.

"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, has Irish roots and his father, James, originally bought a seafront house during the 1970s, which is right beside the Broderick's property. He used to spend every summer there as a child and described it as a "magical" place.

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

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

"After renting for a year or two, my parents bought a little bungalow right on the ocean and I started going there from the time I was about 10 years old," said Matthew.

"I've been there pretty much every summer and many Christmases. 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," he added.

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