Derry Girls recap: Everything you need to know ahead of the final season

The world premiere of the final season of Derry Girls takes place in the city tonight as the stars take to the red carpet.

Director Lisa McGee is joined by a cast at the Omniplex cinema on Strand Road in Derry city center ahead of the 6.30pm screening.

Set against the backdrop of The Troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1990s, the coming-of-age drama first aired in January 2018.

The sitcom follows the adventures of four friends and a “little Englishman” as they navigate the clumsiness of puberty.

Now, four years after its television debut, the series is ready to tie any remaining loose ends as the teenagers eagerly await their GCSE results while the big defining moment is the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

Nicola Coughlan, who plays Clare Devlin, recently spoke about how much she will miss the character. The 35-year-old said: “It’s a strange thing, sadness, saying goodbye to a character. It’s a really weird thing that’s very difficult to explain to people. I mean, Clare Devlin is a mess, but I love her and will miss her a lot.”

Coughlan added, “We always knew it was going to end by the time of the Good Friday deal, Lisa talked about that quite a bit.”

Other stars of the series include Jamie-Lee O’Donnell who plays Michelle Mallon, Saoirse-Monica Jackson portrays Erin Quinn, Louisa Harland plays Orla McCool while Dylan Llewellyn portrays James Maguire.

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As fans prepare for the conclusion of the hit comedy-drama, here’s a recap of some of the show’s best moments so far, and everything you need to know ahead of the final season airing next week.

The famous table scene

In this episode of the second season, students from Catholic and Protestant schools were brought together for a trip. Students were encouraged to find similarities among themselves, but could only find differences instead.

Some of the weird differences were: Catholics really love statues and Protestants don’t, Protestants like to march and Catholics like to walk, Protestants are taller and Catholics have more freckles.

As the differences piled up, the list of similarities remained empty.

The Quinn family’s attempt to flee the city

In this Season 1 episode, Erin, her family and friends decide to escape the city for the annual Orange Parade by traveling to the Republic for a vacation. However, as they attempt to cross the border, they are alarmed to discover an IRA man hiding in the trunk of their car.

The family’s reaction to their failed attempt to flee the celebration of the local Protestant community has been mixed. Michelle weighs her romantic options with the soldier while Erin fears for her life.

Orla takes Granda Joe to prom

This beautiful moment in season two left fans of the show in parts. As the group prepared for their ’50s prom, Erin was curious who Orla would bring as her date.

Just as they were about to walk out the door, viewers learned that Granda Joe was taking his granddaughter to the dance. He stormed into the front room wearing a white shirt and suit jacket with black dress pants.

Erin questioned her choice, while Orla replied, “Well, everyone kept saying you have to pick a guy that you really like, and he’s the guy that I like the most.”

The Simpsons tribute

The Simpsons paid tribute to Derry Girls in an episode last month by naming an ice cream parlor “Dairy Girls Ice Cream.”

Derry Girl creator Lisa McGee shared a picture of the ice cream shop, which was seen on Twitter in the episode. She captioned the picture: “Simpsons did it.”

Executive producer Matt Selman confirmed it was a nod to the Northern Irish drama. In response to McGee’s delight, Mr Selman said it was the “least thing we could do”.

The Derry Girls mural

The drama has captivated audiences worldwide and boosted tourism in Derry with specially themed tours and menus on offer.


The updated Derry Girls mural. Photo credit: Margaret McLaughlin

UV Arts CIC’s iconic Derry Girls mural opposite Foyleside in the city center has attracted thousands of fans since it was created three years ago.

The well-known mural will also be revised this week before the series premiere.

When will season 3 air?

The first episode of the final season airs Tuesday 12 April at 21:15 on Channel 4.


Saoirse-Monica Jackson, who portrays Erin Quinn at Thursday night’s world premiere. Image: PA

How many episodes will there be?

Season 3 of Derry Girls will consist of six episodes.

Did they release a trailer?

Channel 4 released the first trailer for the third and final season in March. The network’s official synopsis reads, “While there’s hope in the air that The Troubles may finally be over, their troubles are just beginning as they grow closer to ‘adulthood.'”

When did filming end?

Coughlan teased that she returned to the Derry Girls set in November 2021 with a close-up selfie of her character’s signature bangs and pigtails. In December, the Galway native wrote via Instagram: “Goodbye Derry girls it’s been quite a ride.” Derry Girls recap: Everything you need to know ahead of the final season

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