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Excitement mixed with sadness at premiere for the final series of Derry Girls

There was excitement mixed with a touch of sadness as the Derry Girls stars walked the red carpet in the city that inspired drama for the last time.

he omniplex in the heart of the city was transformed when Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell and author Lisa McGee attended the premiere of the third and final season of the coming-of-age drama.

It was an emotional final farewell to the roles of Erin, Claire, Michelle, Orla and “The Little English Guy” that exploded onto our screens in 2018 and became a worldwide hit.

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Jamie-Lee O’Donnell attending the premiere of Channel 4’s third series of Derry Girls, held at the Omniplex Cinema in Londonderry (Liam McBurney/PA)

The stars were even immortalized in a mural on a gable wall in Derry.

However, a retaliation for the story, possibly in a film, has not been ruled out.

McGee mused, “Who knows what might happen in the Derry Girls universe.”

She told the PA news agency: “It’s been six years of my life and I’ve loved it, it’s been very good for me but we’re very tired and need a holiday.

“It was like saying goodbye, but it’s not often that you do exactly what you wanted to do.”

Looking back on the impact the show had, McGee described her pinch-me moment when Derry Girls were mentioned in The Simpsons.

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Saoirse-Monica Jackson arrives for the premiere (Liam McBurney/PA)

“I was a huge Simpsons fan in the 90’s so it blew my mind, I can’t believe this happened. That and the mural (in Derry) were my two moments,” she said.

The story follows a group of teenagers growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1990s, around the time of the IRA and Loyalist ceasefire.

While the Troubles was an inescapable backdrop, the micro-dramas of teenagers navigating their parents, parties, love interests and school captured audiences’ attention far beyond the Irish shores.

O’Donnell, who hails from Derry, said she was really proud and happy to have cast Michelle.

“The fact that it was so well received, such an honest portrayal of Derry, is something I’m really proud of,” she said.

Jackson, who played the lead role of Erin, said her character will always stay with her.

“It’s incredibly surreal to think this is the final chapter. I was very pensive this morning thinking about my very first audition for Derry Girls and the moment I first met the girls. It feels very rounded now,” she said.

“The show is something I’m so incredibly proud of, it makes me very humbled and I’m so proud of Lisa.

“I’ll also never have a job again where I’m doing a premiere that my whole family can come to, that’s very special.”

Referring to the famous Derry accent, which has used subtitles for stars like Nadine Coyle in the past, Ms Jackson added: “I don’t think they’ve ever needed subtitles, I think if you want to hear what we’re saying You, just listen a little more closely.

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