Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee presented the Freedom of Derry Award

Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee has been awarded the Freedom of Derry, making her the first woman to be awarded the award.

The screenwriter, who has won international acclaim for her hit show Derry Girls, attended a brief ceremony with her parents, husband and two sons.

Ms McGee said receiving the award was “surreal” and she was extremely proud to be from the city.

“This is really surreal. I still can’t believe it,” she said after accepting the award.

“This is just a privilege and an honor.

“I am extremely proud to be from Derry. As a writer working in television, an industry notoriously difficult to penetrate and survive, coming from Derry has always made me feel like a superpower.


Derry Girls (left to right): Orla (Louise Harland), Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), James (Dylan Llewellyn) and Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell) (Hat Trick/Channel 4/) PA)

“It’s just full of stories and full of storytellers. I always thought it was an unfair advantage.

“Since the success of Derry Girls, many people have asked me to elaborate on that advantage, is it the legacy of political genius John Hume?

“Is it the literary flair of Seamus Heaney or the soundtrack of Phil Coulter?

“Or when you go into any of the restaurants here, you’ll be asked, ‘Which restaurant would you like to eat at?’ And I think that’s all of that.

“It has been my greatest privilege to be able to write Derry Girls, to be able to express our wonderful sense of humour, warmth, and humanity.

“And I will continue to write about where I come from, where I love.”

Councilors at the Derry City Council and Strabane County congratulated Ms. McGee for representing their city and emphasized the importance of the Good Friday Agreement.

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SDLP Councilor Martin Reilly, who proposed the award, said that the TV show resonated with people.

“From the very first episode of the first series, the adventures of the Derry girls’ high school teens and their experiences growing up in the Troubles have unfolded over the decades leading up to the Friday Deal. Saint in 1998.

“Through her work, people have seen the warmth and charm of our city, the friendship, the feeling of family overcoming adversity, all expressed through many perspectives. strong women – from schoolgirls, mothers, aunts. , and of course, as Martin Scorsese pointed out last week, nuns as well.”

Famed Oscar-winning director Scorsese revealed last week that he is currently watching Derry Girls.

Mr Reilly added: “The fact that she is the first woman to receive the city’s freedom award is a truly historic and special occasion for us here.”

Ms. McGee, along with the likes of John Hume, Phil Coulter and Winston Churchill were awarded the council’s top prize. Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee presented the Freedom of Derry Award

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