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Nicola Coughlan and Siobhan McSweeney say goodbye to Derry Girls

In September, show creator Lisa McGee confirmed in a statement that the third season of Derry Girls would be its last.
Nicola Coughlan/Instagram

Nicola Coughlan/Instagram

Neasa Cumiskey

Nicola Coughlan and Siobhan McSweeney have bid farewell to Derry Girls after shooting the final episodes.

The beloved Channel 4 comedy follows teenagers Erin Quinn (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Calre Devlin (Coughlan), Orla McCool (Louisa Harland), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), and James Maguire (Daniel Llewellyn) as they navigate teenage life in Derry during the Troubles.

Nicola, who plays goody-two shoes Clare in the series, confirmed that filming for the third and final season had wrapped and said an emotional goodbye to her character in a bittersweet tweet.

Posting a picture of a Polaroid photo of herself and her co-star Louisa alongside two rainbow LGBTQ+ pins, the 34-year-old wrote: “Goodbye Derry Girls, it’s been quite a ride.”

Siobhan McSweeney's Sr Michael costume (Twitter)

Siobhan McSweeney's Sr Michael costume (Twitter)

And Cork native Siobhan McSweeney, who brought the hilarious Sr Michael to life on the show, paid tribute to her time on Derry Girls by sharing a photo of her iconic religious habit and boots.

“Goodbye you mad woman. You’ve changed my life. I know you’d hate to hear this, but I love you. #DerryGirls #srmichaelforever,” she said.

Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee on her final day on set (Twitter)

Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee on her final day on set (Twitter)

Meanwhile, show creator and writer Lisa McGee shared a selfie with the caption “last day of school #DerryGirls” to mark the end of filming.

In September, McGee confirmed in a statement that the third season of Derry Girls would be its last.

She said: “It was always the plan to say goodbye after three series.

“Derry Girls is a coming-of-age story; following five ridiculous teenagers as they slowly... very slowly... start to become adults, while around them the place they call home starts to change too and Northern Ireland enters a more hopeful phase - which was a small, magical window of time.

“Derry Girls is a love letter to the place I come from and the people who shaped me. It has been an honour to write it and I will be forever proud of everything it’s achieved.”


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