Viewers moved to tears as Derry Girls ends with poignant scene and Dolores O'Riordan singing 'Dreams'
**WARNING: SPOILERS for final episode**
The first too-short series of Channel 4's hit comedy Derry Girls wrapped last night with a poignant scene playing out to the late Dolores O'Riordan singing The Cranberries' Dreams.
Many viewers were moved to tears as a scene unfolded in which character Erin's (Saoirse Monica Jackson) parents and aunt watched the aftermath of a bombing on their TV.
At the same time the schoolgirls danced on stage at school, oblivious to the bombing.
Speaking on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio 1 this morning, Nicola Coughlan, who plays Clare on the show, spoke about writer Lisa McGee's approach to the drama.
"I think for Lisa she always had said that in her mind she never wanted to write anything about the Troubles because she felt all you hear about Northern Ireland is one side but she thought about setting Derry Girls in the modern day but when she tried that it never felt true to her," she said.
"She wanted to say the Troubles were going on but that's not what was important to her and her friends. Every character in Derry Girls is based on a real life person and this was going on but their lives were going on too and they were concerned with hair and music and boys and all this sort of stuff."
Nicola's character Clare also featured heavily in the final episode as she came out to her friend Erin, and didn't quite receive the warm response she expected from her initially.
"Everything that came out about Clare I'd known going into the audition process and it informed my playing of the character," said Nicola.
"Saoirse, who plays Erin, and I felt the pressure to get it right and do that storyline justice and hopefully we have."
Nicola was among the viewers crying at the last episode last night.
Gotta be said, the ending to #DerryGirls cut a punch. Poignant end that celebrated the ordinary, all amid an extraordinary time for our country. So moving.— Ciara Reilly (@PrimEdTeacher) February 8, 2018
Everyday innocence of youth vs the everyday horror of conflict, set to the sound of The Cranberries.— James Gordon (@jamesgordon89) February 8, 2018
That was the perfect way to end the best TV comedy series since Father Ted. #DerryGirls
My word! Poignant end to Derry Girls. Reminder of the real 1990's. Great programme. #DerryGirls— Frank Mitchell (@frank_broadcast) February 8, 2018
The ending of #DerryGirls was superbly written. Perfectly captured growing up during the Troubles. Life was surprisingly normal and yet, even as kids, every so often the full horror of the violence would spring into sharp relief to remind us just how abnormal everything was.— Naomi Long MEP (@naomi_long) February 9, 2018
Hats off to the writer of #derrygirls that final scene perfectly captured the sickening horror of when the violence of the troubles crashed into normal life in NI. Really hammered home why we must do all we can to protect our fragile peace.— Cllr Danny Donnelly (@DannyDonnelly1) February 8, 2018
Was keeping it together until Joe put his hand on Gerry's shoulder #DerryGirls— Kitty Gallagher (@KittyLovesDucks) February 8, 2018
Well that’s the way to end a series. So brilliant, so moving. Congratulations to everyone involved #DerryGirls— Richard Osman (@richardosman) February 8, 2018
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I'll say it now before I say anything else. Hearing Dolores O'Riordan sing of Dreams at the end of #DerryGirls brought a tear to my eye.— Simon Fallaha (@simonfallaha) February 8, 2018