Sunday 16 December 2018

Viewers moved to tears as Derry Girls ends with poignant scene and Dolores O'Riordan singing 'Dreams'

A scene from the final episode of Derry Girls, Channel 4
A scene from the final episode of Derry Girls, Channel 4
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

**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. 

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