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Derry Girls star Siobhan McSweeney will join Ray on the couch to chat about her role as the hilarious and iconic Sister Michael in the hit series. Siobhan will be chatting about her formative years in Aherla in Co. Cork and how she gave up a career in science to pursue her dream of being on the stage.

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Kym Marsh will join Ray to discuss her upcoming role in ELF – A Christmas Spectacular at the 3Arena, her forthcoming departure from the cobbles of Coronation Street after 13 years, and her newest role in life – becoming a granny at 42.

 

RTÉ rugby panellists Bernard Jackman and Stephen Ferris will lineout in studio with Ray to tackle the latest updates from Japan ahead of Ireland's opening game.

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Welsh author, singer, songwriter and BBC Radio 2 DJ Cerys Matthews from Catatonia will be joining Ray. She'll be talking about her latest venture into cookery books, her unique relationship with Ireland and how she fell in love with her husband in a Dublin pub. 

 

Wedding planners to the stars, Tara Fay and Bruce Russell join Ray to tell him all about their latest TV project.

All this and more on The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ One at 9.55pm this Saturday, September 21.

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As children we are often encouraged to follow our dreams. ‘You can be whatever you want’, we’re told. However, what we are very rarely warned about is just how difficult it can be to follow your dreams.

When we were young we wanted to be ballerinas, doctors, authors and firefighters, but the pressure to pay bills and cover rent wasn’t weighing down on those ideas when we were 11-years-old.

Many of us will give up on our dreams for a stable income and that is completely understandable, but settling temporarily doesn’t mean you should give up on a future you longed for since your younger years.

Derry Girls actress Nicola Coughlan reminded us of this when she opened up about her career on Twitter.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She explained that her life changed so quickly when she left her job in a Galway opticians to star in a play in London.

Nicola posted a photo of goodbye gifts from her co-workers at the opticians and alongside that, a message that has made us feel empowered and lifted our spirits. 

She shared, “[This] seems like an unremarkable photo but it’s a reminder that three years ago today I left my part time job in an opticians in Galway to go do a play in London.”

The actress added: “It’s mad how much your life can change in such a short space of time, so don't give up on your dreams, OK?”

“I had a two day a week job there (actually quite a nice job) reminding people when their eye tests were due (I used to practice my autograph on letters I sent out.) I was working there because I’d ‘failed’ to make it as an actor four years out of drama school,” she continued.

Her role in the play spurred Nicola on to email every single agent in London and eventually signed with Curtis Brown, “My very first audition with them was for a show called Derry Girls.”

The Penelope Featherington star thanked her past self for not giving up even when she felt like a failure. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Hey thanks for not giving up when the going was tough girl,” she added.

Nicola’s message is a stern reminder for those hopeful actors, writers, musicians, and anyone who has a dream that things can always change, even when you feel like a failure. The Derry Girls star has undoubtedly filled so many dreamers with the hope and determination they needed.

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Being a fan of Derry Girls is like a rite of passage in Ireland at this point so it’s safe to say we were overjoyed to hear of a Derry Girls QUIZ happening in Dublin next month.

Our competitive nature and obsession with Derry Girls will finally come in handy when Copper Face Jacks hosts the event on August 2.

The Big Fat Derry Girls Quiz will take place in the nightclub from 8pm to 10pm.

Tickets are only a tenner so gather up your fellow Derry Girls fans and get ready to battle it out with the show’s biggest fans.

Organisers of the quiz commented, “Up and down the country the Irish people who have followed Erin and her band of friends as they deal with the troubles of being a teenager throughout the troubles in Northern Ireland. Will Aunt Sarah Make it for her tanning session?

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"Get your gal and guy pals together and to make your team of four. Once the victorious team are announced the after party will kick off until the wee hours of the morning. Sure who doesn’t love a night in Coppers."

Now we’ve got the perfect excuse to re-watch the show from start to finish. If anyone needs us we’ll be doing our research by memorising Granda Joe quotes and singing along to The Cranberries.

You can get your tickets here.

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Following news of Southern states in America passing a string of regressive abortion bans, numerous studios have spoken out about the idea of boycotting the state's film industry by refusing to film there.

Disney, Netflix, WarnerMedia and more are rumoured to be contemplating a ban on filming in states like Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana, and now Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee has added her opinion to the fray.

Speculation has emerged over the possibility of extending the boycott to Northern Ireland, which has some of the most strict reproductive healthcare laws in the world.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Famously, Northern Ireland has been used as a filming location for shows like Game of Thrones, and recently Derry Girls on Channel 4.

Abortion in the North is illegal in basically all circumstances, with no exceptions for cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormalities.

A danger to the mother's life is an exception which is difficult to toe the line for, and practitioners as well as receivers of abortions face life in prison. 

The creator of the hit comedy show, Lisa McGee, has given her opinion on the notion of a filming ban in the North.

"I’ve been asked to comment on this issue so I will do it here," McGee wrote on Twitter.

"While I completely agree that abortion law in Northern Ireland is horrific and a breach of human rights, and that the British government must intervene and take immediate action."

"To bring it into line with the rest of the UK, I don’t feel a boycott of our film and television industry is the answer," she continued.

"The Northern Irish film and tv industry has been a light in the darkness. In a country where there is already little opportunity for young people it would only deprive them further.

"The fact that ultimately young Northern Irish women would suffer is depressing," she finished.

Nicola Coughlan, who plays Claire on Derry Girls, agreed with McGee's statements, She responded on Twitter by saying "Seconded."

What are your thoughts on the matter, do you agree with McGee?

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It's the good news all of us Derry Girls fans( and let's be honest, who isn't?) have been waiting for.

There were suggestions of attraction between Erin and James in the first two seasons – and obviously *SPOILER* the finale of season 2 when they went to the school dance together. 

I first thought that she secretly harboured feelings for him when she was having NONE of him losing his virginity to the Russian exchange student.

That's when I was like ehhh, she's repressing a few auld feelings there. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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And now Saoirse-Monica Jcakson, who palys Erin, revealed, ''I think there's definitely something to be said that at 16 you can be friends with a boy but that's definitely down to Lisa [McGee] so we'll have to see how it goes."

Nicola Coughlan, who plays Clare, then said, ''Ooooh, Jerin! Jerin!"

Lisa MGee, creator of Derry Girls, previously told Radio Times, ''I think there might be. I've always thought James likes her, but I think he maybe doesn’t even understand that yet, and I don't know when that'll, it might happen when they're much older, so it might not actually happen in our show.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She continued, ''But I think the potential is there, it's something I'm interested in seeing – I might toy with it if we do another season.''

She added, ''I think Erin doesn't realise that she might like him until someone else wants him, that sort of thing. So, yeah, it might be interesting to explore that a bit more, because they're great together."

This is the best news ever – it's so obviously they fancy the arses off each other – now we just have to wait until season three to see it all play out. 

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The British Academy Television Awards took place last night at Royal Festival Hall to celebrate the best and brightest shows and artists on television.

It may not be as star-studded as the BAFTA's film awards, but we still did some serious style stalking. The annual celebration of the best UK and international viewing pretty much was a Killing Eve dedication party; the spy-action thriller swept the board

BBC America's hit thriller series won the Drama Series award, Best Supporting Actress for Fiona Shaw and Best Leading Actress for Jodie Comer, AKA Villainelle. Bodyguard won the award for Must-See Moment for Keeley Hawes' assassination

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge (the genius behind Fleabag and Killing Eve), Fiona Shaw and Jodie Comer looked gorgeous on the red carpet, each wearing block colour, demure gowns.

1. Derry Girls, of course, SLAPPED:

Look at them, what an absolute pack of rides. We've had to report a theft because the stellar cast of Derry Girls left the awards ceremony empty-handed, having earned the nomination for Best Scripted Comedy.

We can't believe they were robbed, but at least they all looked insanely good? Look at James wearing guy-liner, we're in a state of shock. Five beauties who represented their country on the red carpet. 

Did someone say…proud parents? *Wipes away tear*

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The internet and general public are up in arms over one Daily Mail UK reporter's criticism of Nicola Coughlan's BAFTA appearance.

"Her plain pink outfit was not the most flattering," wrote one (*cough* male *cough*) reporter. He'd want to think about wising up.

Of course, Nicola Coughlan absolutely cancelled him and he has been dismissed from the earth as a result of her epic photographic comebacks.

2. Dr Who is THAT? Jodie Whittaker, that's who.

The doctor showed up in a beautiful black and white ensemble that really showed next-level elegance.

Her minimalist billowing gown is effortlessly chic; we adore the first female doctor's style. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. Ruth Wilson

The actress is nominated as a leading role for her work in BBC One's Mrs Wilson, and looked ultra glam on the red carpet in a black dress with a plunging neckline.

The 37-year-old stars as her real-life grandmother Alison in the show, which chronicles the repercussions of her notorious grandfather and MI6 spy Alexander Wilson's death.

We are loving the decorative belt and buttons on her outfit, which suits her perfectly. Status: SLAY.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 4. Keeley Hawes, former secretary of defence in Bodyguard.

We have to say, this is one of our all-time favourite BAFTA outfits. The actress oozes Hollywood glamour in her flowing silver dress with a bardot neckline.

The Line of Duty star was given two nominations for her acting talents, and the 43-year-old matched her beautiful gown with a red lip. We clap our hands to you, Keeley.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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5. Rochelle Humes in YSL.

The television presenter looked gorgeous in a sheer, plunging YSL dress in plain black.  The 30-year-old arrived with her husband Marvin at the Royal Festival Hall, and allowed the gown to take centre stage.

She had her dark tresses pulled back into a sleek up-do, and wore a face of natural make-up. We love the matching bow detail around her neck and the seductive slit to show off her killer pins.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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6. Lilah Parsons

The British model looked beautiful in a summery, frilled dress. The delicate black-and-white gown featured layers of material and a flattering neckline.

*Pause for applause*

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7. Billie Piper, AKA Style Sniper

Piper was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in BBC's Collateral.

Her one-shoulder blazer gown stopped us in our tracks with the thigh-high slit. The mum-of-two matched the stunning stress with black, pointed heels and silver diamond jewellery and we just have to say: Bravo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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8. Daisy May Cooper

The co-creator, writer, and star of BBC's This Country turned heads on the red carpet after going for the trash theme, telling reporters, "I decided I would donate the money I would spend on a normal dress to a food bank and come as a bin bag."

Fair play to her. She was nominated for in the Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme category, and has made our fashion list for her pure bravery and generous spirit. She even had a mini rubbish bin purse and a pigeon on her head; now that's commitment.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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9. Lucy Worsley: Suffragette Sistah

Suffragettes: With Lucy Worsley won a BAFTA last night and the leading lady dressed as an ACTUAL suffragette: We're floored. The sash should be a daily part of every woman's uniform, we think. Just add a bit of glitter and it would be perfect for any summer music festival.

The documentary uses dramatised testimony to tell the story of a group of working-class women conducting a dangerous campaign for the right to vote.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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10. Holly Willoughby

The ITV presenter didn't come to play. Wearing a blue, sheer Maria Lucia Hohan gown, she stunned on the red carpet.

Holly won big in the Reality & Constructed Factual award category for I'm A Celebrity… Get me Out Of Here!, and shared the award with her older sister Kelly.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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11. Suit Up: Tess Daly

We love a red carpet risk, and wearing a scarlet suit to the BAFTAs is a bold move from the Strictly Come Dancing presenter. She looked absolutely furious when host Graham Norton made a dig about the Katya Jones/Seann Walsh cheating scandal.

The 50-year-old beauty wore a red trouser suit by Suzanne Neville, Kurt Geiger shoes, an Aspinal of London bag and Georgina Scott jewellery. We're loving the gold hoops.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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12. Last but not least: Maya Jama

The 24-year-old model and television personality looked KILLER in an ivory tassel dress. Wearing Bulgari on her neck and showing off her bust, Jama flexed her style harder than ever.

The Stand Up To Cancer host kept her make-up simple and made sure the gown has all the attention. We are looking to find a serpent diamond necklace as unreal as this one, but for an affordable price. Slide into our DMs if you discover it anywhere…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Overall, the style game was strong in this years' BAFTA awards.

From cape arms, dangerous dress slits and iconic jewellery, we think Daisy May Cooper's pigeon may have actually taken the red carpet fashion crown.

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Fans of Derry Girls, we’ve got some bad news for you. The Irish comedy was due to be released on Netflix on May 8, but it looks like fans will have to wait longer than expected.

A spokesperson confirmed that the show won’t be joining the streaming service until later in the summer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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There’s been a Derry Girls-shaped hole in our hearts since the last episode of series two aired in April so we are pretty gutted about this news.

The second instalment of the hilarious Irish series went by in the blink of an eye but we adored every minute.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The second series had many iconic moments including Gerry making sambos at the funeral and the gangs frantic journey to Belfast for the Take That concert.

We’ll just have to wait patiently for Netflix to add the hilarious Irish show and re-watch episodes of Friends for the time being.

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With the days getting longer, there’s now even more time to catch up with the latest films and shows coming to Netflix this May. From mystery-fuelled drama series, The Society, to Netflix original comedy, Wine Country starring Amy Poehler and season two of The Rain, Netflix has got you covered.

Series:

Flinch (3/5/2019)

Faced with various frightening and uncomfortable events, contestants in this game show had better not flinch or they’ll suffer painful consequences.

The Society (10/5/2019)

When everyone else mysteriously vanishes from their wealthy town, the teen resident of West Ham must forge their own society to survive.

Dead To Me (3/5/2019)

A dark single-camera comedy about a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret.

Undercover (3/5/2019)

A major ecstasy producer living in luxury on the Dutch-Belgian border faces big changes with two undercover agents begin moving in on his operation.

What/If (24/5/2019)

A raw, voyeuristic examination of acceptable people doing unacceptable things– A conflict driven series of high stakes morality plays with a first season narrative focusing on two struggling newlyweds who accept a powerful woman’s ethically perilous proposition to secure a badly needed financial windfall.

The Rain (17/5/2019)

Trapped in the Zone, Simone and her friends must find a cure for the virus Rasmus is carrying before it kills him — and the rest of humanity.

Derry Girls (8/5/2019)

Following Erin and her friends as they grow up in a world of armed police in armoured Land Rovers and British Army checkpoints in 1990s Northern Ireland and attempt to navigate the highs and lows of being teenagers.

Films:

Despite Everything (3/5/2019)

After their mother's death, four sisters learn a shocking family secret and embark on an adventure to discover the truth about their genealogy.

The Last Summer (3/5/2019)

Standing on the precipice of adulthood, a group of friends navigate new relationships, while re-examining others, during their final summer before college.

Wine Country (10/5/2019)

During a vacation to Napa Valley, a group of long time friends reunite and revisit past choices in this hilarious and heartfelt comedy from director Amy Poehler.

Baby Driver (27/5/2019)

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

The Great Gatsby (1/5/2019)

A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbour, Jay Gatsby.

The Railway Man (1/5/2019)

A former British Army officer, who was tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.

The Wife (13/5/2019)

A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm to see her husband receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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The second series of Derry Girls is set to end tonight and we must admit we’re feeling pretty gutted about having to say goodbye to Erin, Sister Michael, Grandad and co.

The second instalment of the hilarious Irish series has gone by in the blink of an eye but we’ve adored every minute.

This series had many iconic moments including Gerry making sambos at the funeral and the frantic journey to Belfast for the Take That concert.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It never failed to make us laugh until our sides hurt and there’s no doubt the season finale will be no different.

Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee warned fans not to miss out on tonight’s episode which is airing a little earlier than usual.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The finale will hit the telly screens at 9pm rather than the usual 9.15 pm slot, so set an alarm!

The series finale is set to focus on U.S President Bill Clinton’s visit to Derry in 1995.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Saoirse Monica Jackson commented on the series finale on Instagram, “It’s the last episode of Season 2 of #derrygirls tonight on @channel4 at 9pm , Thank You to everyone who has tuned in this season & for all the kind words you have sent our way, it has been one hell of a run, get your tissues ready because tonight is an absolute belter.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Nicola Coughlan added: “We’ve saved the best for last #DerryGirls Series 2 Finale 9pm.”

Don’t forget to tune into the Derry Girls season finale at 9pm tonight on Channel 4.

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Derry Girls don't just show up for their friends on-screen; the cast have now joined the protest outside Westminster to try and change Northern Ireland's archaic abortion laws.

Nicola Coughlan and Siobhan McSweeney have long been outspoken for their desire to reform the state's justice system when it comes to reproductive rights, and they're women of their word.

In 2018, Lisa McGee's Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls attracted well-earned praise for it's hilarious antics, and fast became the biggest show ever to emerge from Northern Ireland. They're back for season two, and some serving of rights while they're at it;

The show is gearing up for it's return on March 5, and now that the cast have gained a high profile, they intend to use their platform for human rights issues.

Two of the shows leading actors are now in Westminster to march hand-in-hand with Amnesty International, delivering a petition asking for the Northern Irish Secretary of State to change the abortion laws.

Karen Bradley is under the spotlight today, as hundreds gather to support the protest. Polls consistently show that the residents of the province want reform, but politicians up North have refrained from speaking out.

The protest shows women marching across Westminster bridge with 28 suitcases; one for each of the women who still have to fly from the North to Great Britain every week to access abortion in the NHS system.

Protesters have delivered a petition with 62,000 signatories, and are on the Prime Minister and Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley to bring abortion rights to Northern Ireland.

Unless there is a serious risk to a woman's life or health, abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland. Unlike other parts of the Britain, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to the North.

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Channel 4's Derry Girls is easily one of the best shows on television at the moment, and we've been eagerly awaiting season two for MONTHS.

The hilarious antics of Northern Irish schoolgirl Erin and her best friends, plus an English boy as a hanger-on, had audiences in stitches laughing.

Lisa McGee, creator of the series, has been teasing season two for weeks, but Nicola Coughlan (who plays Clare) has finally given us the Channel 4 air date:

Derry Girls are BACK on Tuesday March 5 at 9:15pm, set your clocks ladies and gents. The trailer for the next season was released, much to the delight of fans, and it seems like the crew are more amusing as ever. 

Saoirse-Monica Jacskon (Erin) and Lisa McGee discussed what fans can expect in a recent interview, and the hype is BUILDING:

"It's definitely bigger and braver. It's bolder and we sort of venture out a bit more. But they're still the same characters, they're clumsily trying to find their way through their teenage years. They're selfish and mental!," said Jackson.

It's already been confirmed that Father Dougal himself, Ardal O'Hanlon, has joined the cast. This is the cherry on top of the Derry ice-cream.

Lisa McGee also said that the new season will be set "against the backdrop of the beginnings of the peace process. The gang are very much still getting in and out trouble. They're still trying to grow up – not very successfully!" 

Jackson said in another interview with the BBC that "in episode one, we meet a group of Protestant boys- which is very interesting for each of the characters."

"In episode two, we've an inspirational teacher, so, it's very special that we're all getting to see it for the very first time in Derry".

WE CAN'T WAIT. Bring on March 5, and the Protestant lads. Season two is going to be chaotic and gas craic altogether judging by these early premiere reactions.

Here's the trailer again, because we know you can't stop viewing it:

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Former Father Ted star and all-round comedic legend Ardal O'Hanlon is set to join Derry Girls season two.

As a key character in one of Ireland's most hilarious TV shows, Father Dougal McGuire, we're over the moon to see him join the latest brilliant Irish comedy series.

Derry Girls was first released on Channel 4 back in January of 2018 and quickly became one of the most watched show in Northern Ireland's history.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The show, which is based in Northern Ireland and follows a group of school friends who get up to mischief during The Troubles, with hilarious results.

It snagged Best Comedy at the IFTA Gala Television Awards and Lisa McGee took home the gong for Best Writer for Comedy/Soap after creating the absolute gem.

Soon after the show ended, it was publicised that a second series of the show had been commissioned, and today the news broke that Ardal O'Hanlon will be joining the cast.

A release from Channel 4 claims that the Monaghan native will play the role of; “Eamonn, the awkward, middle-aged mummy’s boy of the Quinn/McCool extended family”.

Saoirse-Monica Jackson, who plays Erin Quinn spoke about the actor in an interview with RadioTimes“Ardal O’Hanlon joins our family this year, which is brilliant.” ​​

Nicola Coughlan, who plays Claire, says that the character of Eamonn is “a real Irish stereotype” – but he’s “not a priest”. “I think it’s something that everybody will recognise, and he completely gets it so on the money,” she added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“It was really surreal, just looking at him, because he’s such an iconic figure in Ireland, and he’s such a lovely man. He’s so good in it," Coughlan continued.

“There’s a scene where it gets quite physical, and Lisa McGee came over. She was like, "Don’t bully Ardal". And we were like, "We’re not bullying him, he’s like a national treasure!" ‘Cause we had to like go for it in the scene.”

Thank the Derry Gods, the show returns to our screens next month, and we finally got a sneak peak when Channel 4 released the trailer for season two a few days ago. It's gonna be pure gas, we cannot WAIT.

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