Talking Derry Girls

Talking Derry Girls

By The Big Light

Fancy a bit of craic?! Jeanie, Marie-Louise and Pauline love the Channel 4 sit-com, Derry Girls, based in their home city. We thought it would be fun to rewatch the series, and chat about each episode in detail. You don’t have to be from Derry or even a girl. Being a Derry Girl is a state of mind. Come on in!


Episode 106 - Derry Rocks the Boat

Episode 106 - Derry Rocks the Boat We are a world record breaking City !  And we did it with style - courtesy of Micky Doherty, diplomacy - courtesy of the Nobel Institute and a total lack of grace - courtesy of the Talking Derry Girls. The Mayor and her chosen charities were in attendance, bravo to Foyle Hospice and The Ryan McBride Foundation for all their important and valued work.  The representatives of the Norwegian Nobel Institute were in town and were able to witness the Legacy of John Hume’s Peace Prize first hand…Did former SDLP leader Mark Durkan really sit them amongst a crowd of Derry Wans on Shipquay Street? What did they make of Rock the Boat and could Micky Doherty be in line for a Nobel Prize? Pauline celebrates her big Birthday, Marie-louise introduces her eldest daughter to the perils of Rock the Boat and Jeanie discovers that she and Mark Durkan introduced same sex marriage to Derry by both marrying the same person…this is Derry …all together “…Rock the Boat, Don’t Rock the Boat…’’!! NOTES:  Rock the Boat (Derry world record) - Mayor’s Charities - ROCK THE BOAT CHALLENGE - for Mayor Patrica Logue’s charities (Foyle Hospice and Ryan McBride Foundation). Foyle Hospice - Ryan McBride Foundation - Mayor Patricia Logue swimming challenge - Mark Durkan - Norwegian Nobel Institute John Hume’s medals - Derry Girls Exhibition - Referendums and Good Friday Agreement - TDGs Ep 42 Finale - Good Friday Agreement  TDGs Ep 100 chat with Lisa McGee about that Finale Episode. 
08/05/2444m 39s

Ep 105 - Original Derry Girl Louise Gallagher on creating Blue Lights

WARNING DOES CONTAIN SOME MILD SPOILERS FOR EP 3 BLUE LIGHTS.  The Derry Girls - Blue Lights connections are well and truly there if you dig deep. The TDGs are joined by Derry Girl Louise Gallagher who had the original idea for Blue Lights. She also has a feature film under her belt:  ‘A Bump along the Way’ and an award winning short film ‘Rough’. As well as having her own production company, Louise works for Hat Trick (who made Derry Girls) developing new NI drama and comedy writing talent. Without giving away any major spoilers we talk about Blue Lights, Derry Girls, kissing slurping noises in films and whether you go up, down or over the town!  Notes:  Louise Gallagher - A Bump Along the Way - Tess McGowan - Bronagh Gallagher - The Commitment in Derry Girls - TIFF - Rough (award winning short film IFTA) - KIN - Derek Thompson aka Robin Graham - Summary of Blue Lights Ep 3 - Love Knows Black Mountain - Bronagh Taggart (writer of Ep 3 Blue Lights and also in Derry Girls) - Jonathan Harden aka Jonty - Madam last discovery - Dea Matrona Band (who feature in Blue Lights Ep6) WAVE (Trauma Counselling) - Colin Davidson NI artist Silent Testimony - Dearbháile McKinney aka Aisling and wee Aunt Sarah in Reunion Episode - Hannah McClean aka Jen Robinson - The Land of Saints and Sinners - (Starring Liam Neeson and few actors from Blue Lights and Derry Girls)  Hat Trick - Roma Downey - A Bump Along the Way - Rough - Jazz Festival - ROCK THE BOAT CHALLENGE - for Mayor Patrica Logue’s charities (Foyle Hospice and Ryan McBride Foundation). EP 3 - Jeanie’s dog Duke and the army  EP 81 and 82 Shirt Tales part 1&2 Factory Girls mouthwashers 
01/05/2447m 55s

Episode 104 - You say avocado, we say mushy peas.

The Blue Lights obsession continues. WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR EP 2 BLUE LIGHTS.  Never record a podcast on an empty stomach! The Talking Derry Girls sausage roll fondness returns, what even is a capsicum and chilli jam? It's a long way from avocado on toast we were reared. Maybe the girls need to re-evaluate their breakfast menu options as they discuss the possibility of running their own B & B in Derry City centre. Maybe they'd be better buying the Blue Lights pub -The Loyal - currently for sale in Belfast. POA (Price on Application)...what is it with POA? Do you want us to buy the place or not…? Coach parties welcome. Breakfast not included - POA! NOTES:  Blue Lights - Ep2 Iceberg Lundy - Ferry Clever - UV Arts (creators of the Derry Girls mural) - IFTA - Richard Dormer aka Gerry Cliff - Curran (half way between Belfast and Derry) -,_County_Londonderry Ponderosa (the highest pub in Ireland) - The Loyal Pub for sale - Frank Blake aka Shane Bradley - Kenneth Brannagh - 1987 Public Enemy - Late 80s Look Back in Anger - Hope Street - Tara Lynne O’Neil joining BBC’s Hope Street as an inspector - Claire Allan writer - The Affair - Desmond Eastwood aka Murray Canning - Martin McCann aka Stevie Neil - Lambeg Drum - Battle of the Somme (Thiepval) - Hamilton Flute Band - Rock the Boat (The world attempt 4th May 1130) Mayor’s charities - Foyle Hospice and Ryan McBride Foundation get registered -  or email  for more details. Mayor Patricia Logue’s charities - Stephen Lawrence Inquiry - The Met Police has agreed, dormant inquiry to be reopened. Latest news on Bloody Sunday - EP 57 - Porn star Martinis featured in this TDGs episode about the Legenderry Food Festival and the Derry Girls foodie tour  EP 101 - Episode featuring Rock the Boat 
24/04/2444m 27s

Episode 103 - The Blue Lights are Flashing.

Declan Lawn talks Series 2 of everyone's favourite cop show. Spoiler alert, you may want to watch Episode 1 of the new series before listening as the girls do discuss it . All other eps are safe as co writer/ co creator Declan has promised to return once the whole series has aired…there are so many questions yet to ask. Series 2 launches in Australia on Thursday 18th April, American audiences will have to wait another 6 weeks, date as yet tbc. With lots of questions the Girls couldn't ask - spoilers - they still managed to put the thumbscrews on Declan to discuss how much URST will be in series 2 and if any of it becomes RST (that's unresolved sexual tension for anyone who hasn't heard Episode 67 where the girls talk to him about Series 1) Not sure if the topics are connected but there is also a lively discussion about the contents of Stevie’s lunchbox. All the big questions are answered here … Notes: IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO WATCH EP 1 OF BLUE LIGHTS BEFORE LISTENING.  Blue Lights - Ep1 Series 3; This too shall pass Blue Lights series two promises 'absolute chaos' URST - unresolved sexual tension RST - resolved sexual tension!  Seamus O’Hara aka Lee Thompson - Frank Blake aka Constable Shane Bradley - President Bill Clinton’s speech in Derry Rev Ian Paisley - Historic cases in Northern Ireland - Culture Cafe (Marie-Louise’s programme) BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle/Sounds - guest this week was Eoin O’Callaghan who created the music for Blue Lights - Catherine Grimes - music supervisor Louise Gallagher - Soak - Derry song writer - Ferry Clever - Stephen Walker - Historic cases in Northern Ireland - WAVE - We discussed Series 1 Blue Lights in Eps 66 and 67 of TDGs. Declan Lawn was our guest in Ep 67. 
17/04/2436m 51s

Ep 102 - Education. Education. Education.

The Talking Derry Girls are in a book! And not just any old book but an academic one about teaching history in America. Of course it’s not just us - Derry Girls and The Cranberries are in there too, in the same chapter. Pauline and Jeanie muse on this fact, and wonder if academic stalking is OK in the name of research. And if they could now, like Lisa McGee get an honorary degree! Maybe a lecture tour across the states. Pauline talks to Dr Starlynn Nance - Professor of Education at the university of Central Missouri. Starlynn became an instant fan of Derry Girls and could see the potential in using the TV programme to teach hard history!  NOTES:  Dr Starlynn Nance’s book - Hollywood or History - An inquiry-based strategy for using television shows to teach issue-centred curriculum. It was published in 2022. University of Central Missouri Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe An inquiry-based strategy for using television shows to teach issue-centred curriculum. It was published in 2022. Zombie by The Cranberries - Lyra McKee - Easter Rising 1916 - Episodes of Talking Derry Girls about Blue Lights  Ep66 and Ep67 
10/04/2454m 34s

Episode 101: Record Breaking - Rock the Boat

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we probably shouldn't invite you to Derry on Saturday 4th May where you can sit on a very steep street with, hopefully, several thousand others in a bid to win a Guinness World Record. The Talking Derry Girls will be there supporting the Mayor of Derry's official charities - The Ryan McBride Foundation and Foyle Hospice. Details of how you can register and take part in Rock the Boat are in the notes (it’s an inclusive event so arrangements are in place for everyone to take part - you have no excuse!) Sitting on your backside on a city street rocking with several thousand strangers sounds like a winner to us. No, this is not a late April Fool, though the girls have a few words on that subject too.  Spring is in the air so no better time to put your feet up with a box set . Louisa Harland is currently blowing our minds in Disney's “Renegade Nell” while Nicola Coughlan is extraordinary as the lead in Channel 4’s new comedy “Big Mood” They’re both a long way from Derry Girls. Superstars both. Altogether now “Rock the Boat, don’t Rock the Boat Baby …” See you there! NOTES  Whistle through the Shamrocks - Foyle hospice website - Big Mood - Nicola Coughlan Big Mood interview - Whistle through the Shamrocks - Renegade Nell - Louisa Harland Sally Wainwright - Beyond Paradise - Dylan Llewellyn Big Boys - Craig Parkinson - Foyle hospice website - Mayor Patricia Logue - Mayor’s charities and learning to swim - Jazz Festival weekend -  Record breaking number of Santa’s in Derry (2007) but it has since been broken by India (2014) Brides on the Peace Bridge -
03/04/2453m 29s

Episode 100 - One hundred reasons why we love Lisa McGee and why it's still all her fault!

The Talking Derry Girls are amazed to have reached their milestone episode and there's only one person to blame. Here to defend herself is Derry Girls creator and writer Lisa McGee. They talk about that multiple award winning finale episode and there are many, many questions and answers.  Just how funny is Liam Neeson? Who put in the call to Chelsea Clinton and did David Ireland really channel Kevin McAleer in his Uncle Colm audition tape? Lisa has tales of location filming in her beloved Derry, burning a car under Craigavon bridge and how Orla, and her dance routine, was the perfect opening for the grand finale. Who knows what the future holds for the TDGs? but Lisa needs extras for her new show and maybe there is a Literary Monkeys party that needs planning. Congratulations and Celebrations all round. NOTES:  How to get to Heaven from Belfast - Derry Girls Experience - Derry Girls series 3 wins an Emmy - Previous episodes mentioned in this episode  Ep 42 - Season 3: Finale: The Agreement Ep 80 - How to get to heaven from Belfast (chat with Lisa about her new TV programme) Ep 13 - Talking Derry Girls with Lisa McGee Ep 14 - It’s Lisa McGee (Oh yes it is)  Ep 97 - David Ireland episode  Ep 36 - Series 3: Episode 1 - The Night Before… (the one with Uncle Colm and Liam Neeson
13/03/2433m 8s

Episode 99 - Ninety Nine Lead Balloons - From U.S. to Us

One recording away from the big 100 and the TDGs are still in different timezones. Not sure what the lead balloons are in this week's episode…the definition of a lead balloon is -”something that you say or show to people that they do not like…something which fails miserably and is utterly unsuccessful” So it most definitely isn’t anything to do with Lisa McGee and her continued award winning successes. This week accepting the Christopher Ewart Biggs award for promoting peace and reconciliation in Ireland. Pauline hosts a Factory Girls event, when she isn’t hunting Brad Pitt, Marie-Louise talks Holywood glamour and how it became connected to one of Derry’s impoverished communities and Jeanie has her underwear swabbed for explosives…Bombshells aplenty…poteen anyone? NOTES: Friends of the Factories - Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council learning to swim Maeve McLaughlin - Manager Bloody Sunday Trust Madeline McCully Storyteller - William Deery - William Deery’s play Factory Girls and Rock and Roll Springtown Camp Springtown Camp march - MEMORIAL 2019 WILLIE CAMPAIGNED FOR IT FOR 60 YEARS.  Marie-Louise’s Radio Documentary - Jane Russell and the Springtown Mother. Jane Russell Obituary by Mark Cousins - Jane Russell in conversation with Mark Cousins (May 1999) Osceola Island Trail - Brad Pitt and fly fishing in East Tennessee (Pauline wasn’t making it up) Lisa’s latest award - Some past winners:  Robert Kee - Ireland a television History (1980) Lost Lives - The stories of the men, women and children who died as a result of the Northern Ireland troubles: Brian Friel for his play Translations - Frank McGuinness - Julieann Campbell - book; On Bloody Sunday Poteen - Talking Derry Girls episodes referred to:  Ep 52 and Ep55 - chat with Madam Mayor Sandra Duffy  Ep 31 - Derry Ghost Stories (stories and chat with Madeline McCully)  Ep 89 - ‘Stolen’ with Margo Harkin  Ep61 - Pick me up - International Womens Day (2023)  Ep 62 - Shirt Tales part 1 Ep 81 - Shirt Tales part 2 Ep 82 - Shirt Tales part 3  Ep 42 - Season 3 finale - The Good Friday Agreement (Lisa won her latest award for this episode of Derry Girls) 
06/03/2442m 52s

Episode 98 - Talk about your Whereabouts..

Where are we? What are we doing? In this week's episode of podcasting for the bewildered, the Talking Derry Girls are jumping timezones and continents and may just be oversharing. Marie-Louise has a close encounter with Uncle Colm; poor man was only looking for the toilet. Pauline discovers there's more to Amsterdam than the infamous Red light district. And Jeanie fears that she is lost for words. Add in some axe throwing, toenail clipping and a big shop and your cup too shall be overflowing. Notes:  Yotel - Air Yotel - Bristol Tennessee/Virginia - Uncle Colm aka Kevin McAleer - Radio Foyle interview - Andrea Baker - BBC Radio 4 documentary about Frederick Douglass in Scotland presented by Andrea Baker produced by Pauline (2015)  Howard Moody - Mother Chuckers - Upgraded with Saoirse-Monica Jackson - Oppenheimer - Emma. - Johnny Flynn - from David Ireland’s TV series The Lovers which we discussed in Ep 97 (also David Ireland is alive and well it was his character Sean Devlin who died - for those confused on social media) Lisfannon Beach: Donegal Blue Lights with another 2 series commissioned - East Belfast - West Belfast - The Falls -,_Belfast The Shankill - Belfast Peace Wall - The Fountain Ep xx TDGs - On the Buses - Pennyburn Bridge -
28/02/2438m 53s

Episode 97 - Wanted: David Ireland - Dead or Alive!

Not all the Talking Derry Girls listeners are aware that Pauline, Marie-Louise and Jeanie have appeared in Derry Girls. They try not to talk about it …much! They attended the funeral of Sean Devlin (Clare's Da ). Now the Dust to Dust and Ashes to Ashes have settled, the tears have dried and Clare has run off after some rich Lord in Bridgerton, the TDGs thought maybe it was safe to talk about their starring roles again. David Ireland was summoned , we're not sure if Carlos Santini brought him from beyond the grave, but he was coming through loud and clear. He talks about acting in Derry Girls, gives budding actors some audition tips and tells how his writing for stage and now screen has maybe eclipsed his love for performing.  Buckle up and put hot drinks aside, snorting hot beverages is a major possibility while listening to this one… David Ireland aka Sean Devlin (Clare’s Da) - David Ireland’s routine (he got Jeanie’d on this one) Cyprus Avenue - play be David Ireland. (on soon in Glasgow) It might be available as a screener! Liz Lewin (exec producer Derry Girls and commissioned The Lovers by David Ireland. Kevin McAleer (retiring) The Lovers - David Ireland Sky Johnny Flynn Roisin Gallagher So I said Yes - play by David Ireland. Paul Mallon aka Dennis is in this.. we’ve talked about it before on the podcast and how it shocked Marie-Louise. Ulster American - play by David Ireland. Woody Harrelson’s film - Lost in London; Louisa Harland The Fifth Step - play by David Ireland. Renegade Nell - Derry Girls Exhibition extended for another year - Episodes referenced from Talking Derry Girls Podcast  Ep 1 - Dear Diary  Ep 40 - The Reunion  Ep 41 - Halloween 
21/02/2441m 39s

Episode 96 - Has anyone seen Brigid?

Back in November ‘23 the TDGs chatted with award winning photographic artist Deirdre Brennan. (Ep.88). Deirdre was working on her latest piece “Looking for Brigid” in honour of Ireland's female patron Saint Brigid. Deirdre set up her camera in Derry's Playhouse and welcomed Brigids, Bridies, Brids and all variations thereof to tell their stories and pose . Did she find Brigid? Was she a Saint or a Goddess? Or maybe that ethereal celestial creature …a Derry Girl.  The TDG’s are back and they are channelling their inner Brigid.  NOTES:  Deirdre Brennan - Looking for Brigid - Talking Derry Girls episodes: Ep56 - All about St Brigid and the campaign to have a public holiday on 1st Feb in Ireland.  Ep88 - Deirdre Brennan tells us about her photography project to capture modern day Brigids.  
14/02/2440m 36s

Regifting “Episode 95 - Talking Derry Girls” - the gift that just keeps on…

When 3 becomes 2: Pauline and Jeanie are left feeling a bit like Take That after “Robie” left. Marie-Louise is sick and the girls are left pondering on past glories, or should that be, stories? A three year old advent calendar provides inspiration as well as some timely festive advice. What is the perfect sausage roll recipe? How to deal with a real life Uncle Colm and do not, whatever you do, take a Christmas pudding through airport security. Marie - Louise reminisces about how she was once in a panto trio with Lisa McGee and Nadine Coyle and the girls discuss how they are getting David Ireland (aka Clare's Da) for Christmas. Cue the sleighbells. NOTES:  Indecent Proposal Ulster American - NOTES ON TALKING DERRY GIRLS CLIPS..  1/ EP14 - It’s Lisa McGee (oh yes it is) TDGs Christmas special Dec 2020 2/ EP1 - DEAR DIARY - Bronagh Gallagher (The Commitment)  3/ EP3 - WEEPING STATUES & WEE DEAD DOGS - Exam prep TDGs style!  4/ EP9 - THIS ’N THAT - the fake news polar bear.  5/ EP9 - THIS ’N THAT - The Blue Nile concert with a ‘date’. 6/ EP9 - THIS ’N THAT - Brian Kennedy  7/ EP3 - WEEPING STATUES & WEE DEAD DOGS - The Wee Dog part 1 (you have to listen to complete episode for Part 2 of the story.  8/ EP5 - HOLIDAYS & STOWAWAYS - The Christmas Cake and security.  9/ EP? - MYSTERY CLIP - we can’t remember for the life of us which TDGs episode this was in!  10/ EP4 - IT’S A LOAD OF WALLS - Marie-Louise in Cork  11/ EP8 - DON’T LOSE THE HEAD - The child of Prague  12/ EP11 - BALLGOWNS AND LETDOWNS - nude sunbathing in Donegal 13/ EP12 - WE’RE ALL DERRY GIRLS NOW, HI - Marie-Louise, her Dad and the President of USA  14/ EP 12 - WE’RE ALL DERRY GIRLS NOW, HI - filming the Clinton scene 15/ EP2 - WHAT’S YOURS? - Colm at Christmas
20/12/2352m 49s

Episode 94 - Good Morning …Vietnam!? Do all roads lead to Derry?

We are “in the mouth of Christmas” as they say in Derry, and the Talking Derry Girls still aren't convinced by the festive cheer. Jeanie worries that she peaked too soon and Marie-Louise is afraid that too much time around Pauline has turned her inner Grinch outward. Does anyone ever actually drink mulled wine? In what can only be described as an ambush, Marie-Louise and Jeanie meet up with some very well travelled listeners. Erik and Greta have spread the word of our podcast as far afield as Vietnam…. After all that they deserved to be treated better than this! The visitors embrace the full on Derry experience, with the longest of goodbyes, an introduction to everybody knows everybody and some helpful guidance on the best selfie spot for the Derry Girls Mural. There is much to discuss, from the cultural nuances of the Podcast to the comforting voices of the hosts. But first can the ‘E’ for explicit rating - we sometimes merit - be due in any small way to Marie-Louise's fluffy Muff… NOTES:  Radio Foyle - Derry’s Yanks Ferry Clever - Bishopsgate Hotel - Visit Derry - Everglades Hotel - Charlene McCrossan and Derry City Tours - References to previous episodes. (Go and have a listen if you haven’t already)  Ep 45 - There really is NO Tape  Ep 46 - For the Tape - Ma Mary 
13/12/2344m 50s

Episode 93 - Joy to the World: A catch up with Charlene Mc Crossan - Derry Walking Tours.

Are the Talking Derry Girls ready to spread some Christmas joy? Maybe a chat with Charlene can get their jingles jangling. A lot has happened since we last chatted with the UK's youngest ‘Blue Badge’ accredited tour guide. She has been spreading the Derry word around the world and tourism in the City has continued to grow from strength to strength. Not sure where Charlene stands on gratuitous use of sleigh bells but the TDG's need all the help they can get to conjure up their festive sparkle. Is if even Christmas if you aren't wrestling pine needles out of your nethers? Ho Ho Ho release those bells… NOTES:  Charlene McCrossan: Derry Walking Tours Walter the Skeleton on the City’s coat of arms EP15 - Staycation; going way back to August 2020 when we first met Charlene and did a walk round as pretend tourists in the rain!   City of Derry International choir festival film of Derry Girls Big Sing Liam Neeson auditioning to be Santa
06/12/2335m 32s

Episode 92 - International Emmy Award Winning Derry Girls

The Talking Derry Girls knew there was no way to beat Lisa McGee's latest exceptional win, but that didn't stop them heading to Dublin for the Irish Podcast Awards. Double nominees, the girls had a title to defend, Arts and Culture Gold Award winners of 2022, plus they were also nominated in the Best Interview category. Sparkles were donned, eyeliner was winged AND smudged as the Talking Derry Girls took over a posh hotel rest room, emerging resplendent in their red carpet ready tee shirts. The great and the wonderful of the Irish Podcast world were waiting for a night of glamour that would end in a waterlogged motorway truckstop toilet. That’s showbiz … NOTES  Derry Girls series 3 wins Internation Emmy in NYC - The Irish Podcast Awards - The Cine Mile - Best Arts and Culture Podcast 2023 The Troubles - Best History Podcast 2023 AND Best overall podcast 2023 (Oisin Feeney) Where is my Mind - Best interview podcast 2023 with Niall Breslin
24/11/2329m 40s

Episode 91 - Derry Boys

“A teenage dream’s so hard to beat" …” Lyrics from “Teenage Kicks”, the punk anthem from Derry’s own The Undertones. 45 years after the release of the song, the band has been immortalised on a wall overlooking THE historic City walls. Who better to create the new artwork than the man behind the Derry Girls mural, Karl Porter from UV Arts? The Talking Derry Girls caught up with Karl beside the new mural. He explains how the artwork was created and tells the girls that they really need to talk to the solicitors who commissioned the tribute. Greg McCartney explains his thinking and how the mural has been dedicated to well known local punk Micky Griffiths. 45 years may be a long time to wait for the Derry Boys’ tribute but maybe the band’s sell out gigs in Derry, Belfast and Dublin this weekend could explain why they are worthy subjects. What do bemused international tourists make of it all …? Notes  Series 3 - Derry Girls nominated for an International Emmy Award -   (Spoiler They won! As you’ll hear in Ep92)  Undertones - John Peel - John Peel’s grave,_Great_Finborough, Larry Doherty Journal Derry - Micky Griffiths - Karl Porter UV arts - who created the Undertones Mural as well as the now world famous Derry Girls Mural.  Derry based Photographer, James Whorriskey - Storyteller of the street -  (and great friend of the TDGs podcast).
23/11/2354m 22s

Episode 90 - Back Home in Derry with Extra Blue Lights

It is, unfortunately, not that often that the Talking Derry Girls find themselves on home soil together. Even then getting the three of them in the same place can prove to be an epic task. This visit Pauline and Jeanie went rogue on the Streets searching out some “old friends" of the Podcast. Christopher Ferry was first in their sights this week, his Derry Girls competition runs until mid December and it’s a belter. We promise not to sulk if we don’t win. On a more serious note Pauline caught up with Morgan Young from the Downpatrick and County Down Railway Museum. Their site and exhibits have been hit by catastrophic flooding and they are in desperate need of assistance both physical and financial. Any help at all could help get the Derry Girls train back on the tracks. Extra Extra, Blue Lights Extras. No spoilers here but Jeanie and Pauline were ready for their close-ups and Declan Lawn kept his word and they received “THE” call. Nothing else can be revealed - there really was “no tape” and anyway they are having too much fun keeping Marie-Louise in the dark about their adventure. Cue the music and fade to black… Notes:  Ralph McTell - Blue Lights - Ep 66 and 67 of TDGs  Christopher Ferry - Derry Girls train (which we visited in Ep78 of TDGs) has been badly damaged by floods along with all the other stock at Downpatrick & County Down Railway
15/11/2345m 49s

Episode 89 "Stolen" - Margo Harkin

Derry Born and based, the formidable documentary filmmaker tells the Talking Derry Girls about her latest film. Currently showing at selected cinemas across the UK and Ireland, "Stolen" captures the anguish, anger and the horrors surrounding Ireland’s Mother and Baby Institutions.  A true Derry Girl Margo has a back catalogue of work which carries social injustice, particularly the rights of women, at its core. The scandal that surrounded these "homes'' which has only come to light in recent years has sent ripples and shockwaves around the world. Babies separated from their mothers and sent for adoption, trafficked and sold into servitude. The unimaginable cruelty has been the subject of a Government enquiry with much of the horror still left untold or recognised.  In one mother's words "She took him off me, turned her back and walked away" is just one of the babies taken for adoption without his mother's consent. Just one of thousands of stories which may never be told. "Stolen" gives a voice to some of those lost children and their mothers. Pregnancy in Catholic Ireland was the theme of Margo's 1990 film "Hush a Bye Baby". Set in 1980's Derry it showed the harsh realities of teenage pregnancy. How a baby conceived in the innocence of young love was feared more than a cancer diagnosis. The film itself has glimpses of what we all grew to know and love in "Derry Girls", though as she readily admits herself "not as many laughs". Margo's priest is very reminiscent of Father Peter…but then Father Peter is very like a lot of priests… Margo has a tale or two to tell about how Sinead O'Connor came to appear in the film - "there wasn't a lot of call for bald headed schoolgirls in Derry at the time". There is also the secret to the perfect sausage roll and did they dare ask about clitoris allsorts… Margo Harkin  Besom Productions  Aosdana Hush a bye Baby (1990) Stolen (2023) review in Guardian Derry Film and Video workshop Field Day Theatre Company  Brian Friel  Fear of Gods - Derry band, Jim Curran who worked with Margo Harkin suggested a young up and coming singer/songwriter to do the music for Margo’s film Hush a bye Baby. (1989) Bronagh Gallagher - The Commitment from the Finale of Derry Girls. We also had a chat about Bronagh who turned up at Marie-Louise’s Mother’s doorstep as a child wanting to learn how to be an actor!  Ep 1 Talking Derry Girls  Ann Lovett's death came just four months after the outcome of a divisive abortion referendum in which a two-thirds majority voted to enshrine the right to life of the unborn in the constitution, creating confusion over where that left the rights of the mother. Jan 31 1984 co Longford Abortion referendum in Ireland 1983 The Mother and Baby Institution in Tuam The Letter Mural picture from Derry of the past photos - Poems referred to for both Stolen and Hush a Bye Baby
08/11/2352m 19s

Episode 88 - Calling all the Brigids

Award winning photographic artist Deirdre Brennan is on the look out for interesting Brigids. She tells the Talking Derry Girls how and why her latest project came about and how any would be subjects can get in touch. She is in Derry this week and has a spot or two still available. The artist is no stranger to the City having created an audio visual exhibition in Derry which marked the 51st Anniversay of Bloody Sunday. Her portraits of the Bloody Sunday families were exhibited in Derry's Playhouse and were warmly received. An accompanying podcast - My Bloody Sunday was created Deirdre says ," almost by accident". It is a moving, personal, vibrant account of the day and its aftermath. It’s an important, historic piece.  All Bridgets, Bridies, Brids, Biddys and all other variations thereof who are ready for their close ups Deirdre's details are in the notes below. Smiling not essential. NOTES  If your name is Brigid, Bridget, Brid, Bridey or any other spelling and you want to contact Deirdre about being photographed and you are in Derry email her at Our Guest - Deirdre Brennan - Looking for Bridget - Barry Connolly Is the name Brigid making a come back? Bad Bridget - book Bad Bridget exhibition at Ulster American Folk Park - My Bloody Sunday Podcast Bloody Sunday Trust Archive information on Bloody Sunday Talking Derry Girls Episode 56 - Happy St Brigid’s Day  (It was the first one ever in 2022) Next year marks the 1500th anniversary of her death.  Dr Niamh Wycherley - Couple of articles by Niamh on St Brigid  Saint Brigid -
01/11/2348m 13s

Episode 87 - "And hope and history rhyme"

From Seamus Heaney to Fat Boy Slim, via the Cranberries, and Michelle Mallon inspiration, Shauna Bray. There was something in the Derry air last week and Talking Derry Girl’s Marie-Louise was in the thick of it. Discovering the truth about Derry Time, proving that Derry really is a City of singers and, yes, we really are all Derry Girls who know all the lyrics to “Dreams” by The Cranberries. Prepare to have your spine tingled. In true Ma Mary fashion M-L packs her mother, two daughters and a big clock for her Seamus Heaney outside broadcast - and in true Heaney style "hope and history" did indeed "rhyme" in Derry last weekend as Fat Boy Slim made the Derry Girls' dreams come true by finally…and for real this time…playing to a sold out Derry crowd. Lisa McGee's school chum, bestie and keeper of secrets - OK so the last bit may not be entirely true - Shauna Bray takes us from selfie etiquette Derry style all the way to a Vegas guest list via a blow up Aiden Turner …buckle up for the Derry Girl who makes her alter ego Michelle look very understated. Notes:  City of Derry International Choir Festival - The Big Sing at Guildhall Square - Seamus Heaney HomePlace Culture Cafe with Marie-Louise on BBC Radio Ulster/Radio Foyle/BBC Sounds available for 30 days from 22nd October: live from Seamus Heaney HomePlace Fat Boy Slim in Derry The Cranberries - Dreams lyrics BBC Antiques Roadshow in Derry -  It’s also available in USA on PBS but called Antiques Roadshow UK. Also available in other countries if you have a search.  BBC Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip - Ways to find BBC programmes worldwide Derry Journal article on President Clinton’s visit at the end of Derry Girls - President Bill Clinton’s speech at the Guildhall Square on his visit which brings us full circle back to Seamus Heaney who he quotes in the speech 30th November 1995
25/10/2351m 3s

Episode 86 - What's in a Name? - The Talking Derry Girls tie up some loose ends.

Marie-Louise finds her true self and Jeanie discovers that the only member of her family to embrace their family identity is Charlie the dog. Meanwhile Pauline confesses to telling people that Marie-Louise is a girl to marry. 3 years since their first chat with "Derry Girls" creator Lisa McGee the girls are nostalgic about that memorable encounter..wonder if Lisa still prefers a cream finger to a cream horn? Jeanie has reignited her David Beckham flame, Pauline claims only to have binge watched his 4 part Netflix documentary "Beckham" for the Spice Girls footage and Marie-Louise is prepping for a special broadcast from the Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy Co Derry to commemorate Book Week NI and the 10th anniversary of the Nobel Laureate’s death. Anyone who has heard the Radio 4 broadcast of Loose Ends will know that "Blue Lights" writers and creators Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson were guests. Marie-Louise co hosted - Declan has said that the girls could be extras, wonder if he remembers? NOTES  Marie-Louise co-hosting Loose Ends on BBC Radio 4 - (available for 30 days)  Clive Anderson Blue Lights Belfast International Arts Festival - Take That podcast coming soon - Beckham on Netflix Soweto Gospel Choir - Rogue Agent James Norton - Robert Freegard - Marie-Louise’s Culture Cafe on BBC Sounds Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy, Co Derry Bellaghy Glenn Patterson The Letters of Seamus Heaney Four Sides of Seamus Heaney BBC Radio Sounds - 4 part series (available for over a year) Spice Girls (As featured in Series 3 of Derry Girls Ep1 - The Affair) City of Derry International Choir Festival (mass sing along to Dreams on 19th October) - Vote for us (and get all your friends to vote for us as well) for listeners choice in the Irish Podcast Awards - you have to vote before Thursday 19th October (remember to do the email bit at the end to make it count) Earlier TDGs episodes we refer to in Ep86  Ep 9 - This ’n That  Ep 13 - The first time we talked to Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee  Ep 66 - Blue Lights  Ep 67 - Take a Beat with Declan Lawn (co-writer of Blue Lights) 
18/10/2356m 21s

Episode 85 - The Big Tickets

This week the Talking Derry Girls are discussing when life imitates art. Who knew when Lisa McGee dreamt of Fat Boy Slim coming to Derry for a gig that a mere 25 or so "timeline years" later the gig would not only happen - but sell out in seconds? No incidents of queue jumping or violence recorded. A “Derry Girls” theme also takes over the City of Derry International Choir Festival with a mass singalong taking place in the Guildhall square. Following on from previous years when “Teenage Kicks” and “The Town I loved So Well” were the songs of choice this year's song is the Derry Girls' theme, “Dreams” by the Cranberries. Marie-Louise will be there to introduce it. We challenge her not to sing… Meanwhile Pauline reveals an interest in Northern Ireland public transport timetables - Uncle Colm would be impressed - though it's all thanks to new N I based film “Ballywalter”. The girls wonder if Marie-Louise’s co hosting of BBC Radio 4's “Loose Ends” could help with their bid to be extras on “Blue Lights” - currently filming in Northern Ireland - writer Declan Lawn is a guest…watch this space. Culture Cafe with Marie-Louise BBC Radio Ulster/Radio Foyle  8th October 2023 Liz Weir - Storyteller Fatboy Slim in Derry (it’s now sold out) DerryChoirFest and DerryGirls big sing Ballywater (film) Patrick Kielty Seána Kerslakeána_Kerslake Ulster American - Loose Ends - BBC Radio Four 14th October London Irish Available on Channel 4 and Amazon Prime (both UK and USA) The Lovers David Ireland actor and playwright - Roisin Gallagher Johnny Flynn Conleth Hill London Irish Available on Channel 4 and Amazon Prime and on DVD (both UK and USA) Feargal Sharkey and water pollution Feargal Sharkey on Leading podcast with Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart NI Designer who has dressed Siobhan McSweeney; Tara Lynne O’Neill and The Edge from U2 for their gig in Las Vegas!
11/10/2333m 48s

Episode 84 -How to Get to Derry Girls from London Irish.

Ten years after Lisa McGee's "London Irish" premiered on Channel 4 the Talking Derry Girls decided to take a closer look. Their binge watch raised some interesting questions - like when did you first video call and should Louis Walsh have been decommissioned as part of the Good Friday Agreement? We recommend watching the series yourself - mainly because it's class but also it might just help you understand some of the many trajectories this weeks episode goes off in. Not least, another recent binge watch, David Ireland's "The Lovers". Throw in a bit of "Riverdance", ask whether "Derry Girls" was really a Channel 4 pity project, pitch for "Derry Girls The Musical" and you may just need a little lie down after… or have a drink!  London Irish - Available on Channel 4 and Amazon Prime (both UK and USA)  Art (Peter) Campion aka Fr Peter talking about London Irish,it's%20a%20nickname%20for%20Patrick Sinaed Keenan - Aidan Turner What’s Funny about Derry Girls BBC Sounds (BBC Radio 4) Louis Walsh Angela Scanlon (BBC Strictly come dancing) Les Dennis (BBC Strictly Come Dancing) David Ireland actor and playwright - Roisin Gallagher Johnny Flynn Conleth Hill The Lovers - Marie-Louise’s BBC Radio Ulster programme Culture Cafe - Riverdance (Watch out for chat with Roisin Gallagher on Culture Cafe on Sunday 8th October.  Bill Whelan - (Bill Whelan at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy 14th October) Paul Mallon - (Paul Mallon is in this brilliant series and is recording second series now) The first time Riverdance was ever performed on RTE in 1994. (Nearly 30 not 25 years ago!!),vid:w0v_pu6miJ8,st:0 Terry Wogan talking about Riverdance Damian McGinty - singer and actor from Derry who was in Glee TDGs talked to him in Ep21
04/10/231h 5m

Episode 83 - Derry Culture

Ever modest the Talking Derry Girls don't often talk about their Irish Podcast Award…pause for Sister Michael - "What you actually want me to read this" - Anyhoo, the girls won the inaugural award in 2022 claiming Gold for best Arts and Culture Podcast.  This week they were in Derry attending a conference in the Guildhall marking 10 years since the "LegenDerry" City of Culture 2013. "Cracking the Cultural Code" raised some interesting questions - not least should the TDGs be allowed access to alcohol on recording days. NOTES:  IRISH PODCAST AWARDS - DON’T FORGET TO VOTE FOR US IN THE LISTENERS AWARD Vote for us here in the Irish Podcast Awards 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF DERRY-LONDONDERRY being the first UK City of Culture Marie-Louise writing about UK City of Culture back in 2010! Sir Phil Redmond Stage Beyond - Playhouse Derry
27/09/2338m 51s

Episode 82 - Shirt Tales part 3

"In the early morning the shirt factory horn Called the women from Creggan, The Moor and The Bog" It is not only in Phil Coulter songs that the women of Derry played such an important role. This week the TDGs hear more about life in and out of the factories. Lessons learnt, skills taught and confidences shared. Is there a difference between a rinser and a washer? Just how important was a headscarf or a handbag. Did/do the women always agree? Listen out for the horn. NOTES:  Friends of the Factories   Shirts, Singers and Sewing exhibition in now housed at the Fashion & Textile Design Centre in Shipquay Street in Derry City centre. BBC Radio Ulster - Stories in Sound, Factory Girls Shirt Factory Heritage Walking Tour Friends of the Factories - plaques initiative Local Women Magazine - Shirt Factory Heritage Walking Tour Friends of the Factories - plaques initiative The Friends of the Factory Workers scheme was the winner of the Women’s History Network Community History Prize in 2021. Derry’s factory girls: A window into the adult world Plaques at St Columb’s Hall to commemorate visits by Emmeline Pankhust, Eleanor Marx and Margaret Cousins - Derry Girls and Rock and Roll Willie Deery - Shirts, Singer and Sewing exhibition snippets of interviews with factory girls carried out by Naomi Petropoulos Fashion and Textile Centre Derry Eurovision song winner Dana - Tinney’s Bar - The Shirt Factory cocktail bar -  TDGs SHIRT TALES - PART 1 EP62 Pauline chats with Yvonne Norris and Naomi Petropoulos. Who are experts on the story of Derry’s shirt factories it’s a great introduction to a vital story in Derry’s history. Lots of info in the notes for this episode.  TDGs SHIRT TALES - PART2 EP81  Jeanie and Pauline talk to Mary White and Clare Moore who were factory girls in Derry. They have both been active in making sure the factory girls are never forgotten.  TDGs EP20 - The Forces are with us - we find out about the overseas forces who were based in Derry during and after WW2. 
13/09/231h 5m

Episode 81 - Shirt Tales part 2

The missing tales. 3 years in the making Pauline finally comes clean to Jeanie and Marie-Louise as to exactly why this episode has taken so long to finish. For the tape and yes there was a tape, Pauline and Jeanie met with Factory Girls Mary White and Clare Moore back in the Summer of 2020.  Since then the TDGs have talked about Derry's shirtmaking history and the legacy it has left in the town. Episode 62 Shirt Tales Part 1 takes a deeper dive into the factual history of the shirt making industry in the City. This episode Shirt Tales Part 2 is a much more human story of the factory girls, their lives, loves, hopes, dreams and the serious craic that was had in and out of the workplace.  Buckle up, these women worked hard, played harder and kept food on the table for many a Derry family. Often the only wage earner in a household the young girls thought nothing of handing over an unopened wage packet at the end of the week to be given back a small allowance from the contents. Mary and Clare reminisce about the pride they had to be wage earners and the camaraderie they shared with the generations of women employed in the factories. Every word resonates with a shared lived experience that makes you realise that ‘Derry Girls’ has these women right at the centre of its heart, soul and craic. Notes: Factories Girls artwork - Friday 28th July Derry Journal Could be Tillie and Hendersons or Ebrington factory horn. Women inspired walk in Derry - Derry Danders Article by Naomi Petropoulos Friends of the Factories Derry’s Dance Halls of Romance - Willie Deery The Town I loved so well - written and performed by Phil Coulter (from a few years ago) TDGs EP62 - Shirt Tales (Part 1) - Pauline chats with Yvonne Norris and Naomi Petropoulos. Who are experts on the story of Derry’s shirt factories it’s a great introduction to a vital story in Derry’s history. Lots of info in the notes for this episode.  TDGs EP20 - The Forces are with us - we find out about the overseas forces who were based in Derry during and after WW2.  
06/09/2359m 6s

Episode 80 - Lisa McGee tells us How to Get to Heaven from Belfast.

The news is out there. A brand new comedy thriller from Lisa McGee has been commissioned by Channel 4. Lisa is so relieved to finally be able to talk about her new project that she invited Pauline from the TDGs into her Edinburgh Hotel room. It's the day after the news was broken and Lisa is buzzing to tell us more. But just how much is she willing and able to share? For the tape you - you really don't want to miss this extra special bonus episode.  NOTES:  Lisa’s new TV comedy thriller announcement Derry Girls Experience HOPE bracelets  Blue Lights
25/08/2347m 3s

Episode 79 - How to Get to Heaven from Belfast.

The all new comedy thriller from Derry Girls creator and all round sound woman Lisa McGee. The TDGs discuss the breaking news of Channel 4's newly commissioned show and how all Derry people already know that the best way to reach Heaven from Belfast is to drive north over the Glenshane mountain pass. So many questions for this new mystery drama but mainly…when the hell can we see it? Whodunit? Wheredunit? And was it even "dun"? Lisa has answered some of the questions  with  "it's not so much a whodunit as a what the hell happened…" Casting is yet to be announced but a trio of leading actors will investigate. In Lisa's words "I cannot wait to share these flawed funny women with everyone" Management for the trio of TDGs are unavailable for comment and all rumour of botox, fillers and sunbed sessions at Tropicana are in no way indicative of urgent preparations for imminent close up shots… Pauline is however on a train in true Jessica Fletcher mode to investigate further. NOTES : The Big News from Lisa McGee - Siobhan McSweeney’s BAFTA dress raffle on twitter - Link to enter the fundraiser for Marymount University Hospital & Hospice in Cork  - Visit Derry Competition to come to the City for Halloween - Where there’s a will there’s a wake with Kathy Burke - look for the episode with Siobhan McSweeney August 8th TDGs Ep 59 - the time we drove over the Glenshane pass with no fuel in the car!  We also talked to some of the cast of Derry Girls before it all went horribly wrong - almost!  Blue Lights nomination - don’t forget to vote. DATA BREACH PSNI -
23/08/2337m 4s


Jeanie and Pauline take a road trip to see the ‘actual’ Derry Girls Train - series3 Ep3 Stranger on a Train.  Also covered in Ep38 of TDGs Podcast!  It’s a long way from Derry to Downpatrick, Marie-Louise wasn’t there she would have talked on the drive!  Morgan Young is one of 40 volunteers from all over Ireland, at the Downpatrick and County Down Railway where all sorts of trains live and get restored. It’s a charity and relies on visitors, events and donations to keep going. Morgan was in charge of all the railway side of things in the filming of this episode.  He spills the beans on some of the highlights and challenges.. and that’s before we even get to the KitKats or the wee station which also featured prominently in the episode.  There’s lots of trips through the Summer season at #Downrail including a ride on THE TRAIN so check out the notes for all the links..  All on Board!!  NOTES:  Check out all the Summer events at the website and Facebook (they have a great FB page - give it a follow.  Downpatrick and County Down Railway - Facebook - Instagram - Series 3 EP 3 - Stranger on a Train Places used in filming - Downpatrick and County Down Railway, Downpartrick Loop Platform, Whitehead Station - near Carrickfergus.  #DerryGirlsExperience Home of Derry Girls Experience Tower Museum -  Discover Northern Ireland - Also check out Ep 38 of #TalkingDerryGirls where we discussed Ep3 Stranger on a Train. 
02/08/2354m 3s

Episode 77 - The Experience Part 2

With too much excitement to cram into just one episode the TDGs become a BOGOF or is it a miniseries? Jeanie wonders if her QR code could lead to unfortunate misunderstandings and Pauline gets chatty with the press pack as they await Jamie Lee O’Donnell. Meanwhile Marie-Louise goes missing in action just when she is needed most. Maybe it has something to do with possible video evidence from her own schooldays.  The girls catch up with one of Lisa McGee's old teachers, the man who captured Lisa and her friends performing their Spice girls routine at a school concert. Just how much like Erin was the young Lisa and can you guess which Spice Girl she was? Clue… It wasn't Baby!  Meanwhile how did the Golden Ticket Competition winners enjoy the evening and their full on Derry Girls Experience? Does a 10p mix, rock the boat and a cream horn live up to expectations…’s-style-at-the-tower-museum
12/07/2341m 8s

Episode 76 - The Jamie Lee Experience

Derry Girls Experience : Opening Night.  The red carpet was out, the pre ordered sunshine was ready and our Golden Ticket winners were standing by.  All we needed was the Derry Girl herself - Jamie Lee O'Donnell - poised to assist the Mayor in the cutting of the ribbon.  The Derry Girls Experience is now open in the City's Tower Museum and the TDGs were there on launch night to capture all the magic and madness.  10p mixes were eaten, cream horns and Tayto crisps were in abundance and in true Derry style, the craic was 90. Boats were rocked and secrets were told - for the tape.  Buckle up and prepare to meet the Real Derry Girls - the childhood friends of Lisa McGee whose antics inspired the series - be warned there are many tales as yet untold.  Party central with Jamie Lee O'Donnell, aka Michelle Mallon, what could possibly go wrong? Flaming Sambuca anyone…’s-style-at-the-tower-museum 
06/07/2350m 14s

Episode 75 - Museum Pieces

The TDGs get a preview of the Derry Girls Experience - for THE TAPE. The countdown is now fully on for the official opening on 3rd July. And we’ll be there.. All 3 may be in town but still Jeanie, Pauline and Marie-Louise find it difficult to be in the right place at the same time. The Tower Museum sprites are in full on ‘prep’ mode making sure that everything is in place for Monday's official launch.  Last seen in boxes in a huge warehouse storage facility it was tantalising to see which treasures had made the final grade. Here is the TDG's sneaky, sticky beak look at what you can expect. With thanks to the Museum staff who welcomed the girls back into their world and shared the joy and pride they have in this latest extravaganza.  You will not be disappointed and it might just change the way you see Museums forever.  Some Craic Hi. NOTES:  Tower Museum - Visit Derry - Derry Journal - Derry Girls Experience latest… You can find out more about us here  Do give us a follow on our socials. And LIKE. SHARE. COMMENT. REVIEW.  Facebook: Twitter: Instagram:
29/06/2341m 51s

Episode 74 - Making an Exhibition (For ourselves!)

The TDGs are always happiest when examining their favourite show. This particular episode has been kept under wraps since November last year when the girls were given exclusive behind the scenes access to the forthcoming Derry Girls Experience.  In a huge warehouse deep in the Northern Ireland countryside they found all of the sets and costumes for all 3 seasons of Derry Girls. Sister Michael's desk, Ma Mary's ironing board. The wee lesbian's rainbow badges. The very Tunnocks…  Everything was stored away and the TDGs were there with the museum curators as they got their first glimpse of the vast collection of Derry Girls treasure available to them.  Overwhelming is the only accurate description.  A small taster exhibition has been running in the Visit Derry offices since May and the time is fast approaching for the opening of the Derry Girls Experience in July.  It takes a lot to render the TDGs speechless maybe that's how they've managed not to talk about it until now… NOTES:  Tower Museum - A big thank you to Visit Derry and Loganir for getting us to the warehouse in November ’22. Visit Derry - Loganair - Derry Jounal - opening date for Derry Girls Experience
22/06/2354m 38s

Episode 73 - GOLDEN TICKETS (short bonus episode)

The award winning TDGs and the multi multi award winning Derry Girls want you to be winners too.  The long awaited Derry Girls Experience opens its doors to the public on Tuesday 4th July in Derry.  On Monday 3rd July a special launch event will be held in the Tower Museum giving a sneak preview of the joys that await.  Entrance is by ticket and invitation only and we have 5 pairs of exclusive tickets to give away to true Derry Girls fans. You will need to be in Derry on July 3rd at 6pm.  Tickets are for the event only so you will have to make your own way to the Tower Museum. (See terms and conditions in the notes below)  TO ENTER go to our social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Answer the question. Follow us, like and share.  For the tape…the Talking Derry Girls will be there and we want to talk to you. Be lucky. NOTES:  GOLDEN TICKETS TO LAUNCH OF DERRY GIRLS EXPERIENCE - 3RD JULY 6-8PM  Terms and conditions:  The 5 pairs of tickets are being offered by Derry City and Strabane District Council. The invitation will be in the form of an email to the person whose name has been drawn from the pool of those who qualify by completing the question from Talking Derry Girls as well as FOLLOWING. LIKING. SHARING THE ORIGINAL POST on the TDGs social media channels.You also have to declare that you are able to attend on 3rd July 2023 between 6-8pm.You can only enter once in each social media channel.  The competition will be open for entries from 1300 on Friday 16th 2023 until 1300 BST Sunday 18th June 2023.  The draw from correct answers will be confirmed on Monday 19th June 2023 by an independent person.The chance to win is open to all those who answer the question correctly in the manner outlined above. (by sending the answers on TDGs social media channels only). You also have to be contactable by direct message so you can be informed if you have a pair of tickets.You will only be contacted if you are a winner and are able to be contacted by direct message in the first instance to get email address for Derry City and Strabane District council.  DCSDC and Talking Derry Girls Podcast will not be providing any expenses or costs involved in getting to or from the event from 6-8pm on 3rd July. You have to be in a position to make your own way. There is no monetary value involved and only those named on the invitation can attend. (Proof of identity might be required).
16/06/2317m 15s

Episode 72 : It's still a state of mind

It's 3 years since the TDG's first decided to share their combined musings with the world. Some of you have been with us from the beginning - Jeanie still reckons that this is due, in no small part, to her declaration that "mad bastards" are welcome. Which may or may not say more about the state of her own mind.  Birthday or Anniversary? It's been 3 years and the girls are nostalgic, the lockdown delirium has thankfully passed and the chats, begun to save their sanity, have moved into new and often unforeseen areas. Guests have joined in the craic and the girls have made some new friends from among their listeners.  They are gearing up for the hugely exciting opening of the Derry Girls Experience and need your help with the Podcast Awards Season. Marie-Louise's memory has proven to be most unreliable, Jeanie hates the sound of her own voice (yes really) and to paraphrase Ma Mary, Pauline is 'sick of the lot of us'. Any suggestions of your favourite moments from the last year of Talking Derry Girls would be gratefully received.  Happy 3rd whatever it is to us - Cue the Disco version of Danny Boy to celebrate - rocking the boat purely optional…  NOTES:  Ep 0 - It’s a state of mind - 17th June 2020  Right back at the beginning.  Tower Museum Jamie Beamish aka Ciaran Irish podcast awards - extracts from April 22 - June 23!  Suggestions welcome:  Some of our thoughts….  Ep 35 - The Launch  Ep 50 and Ep 51 Extras part 1 and 2  Ep 54 - Nun the wiser  Ep 57 - Three flaming sambucas and a 10p mix  Ep 67 - Take a beat with Declan Lawn #BlueLights 
14/06/2333m 59s

Episode 71 : Winning Awards and Faking Tans

The sun is shining on the good people of Derry and the TDG's are remembering sunbed sessions and suntans past and present. Did nude sunbathing ever take off in Donegal and what exactly did Pauline witness on a Northern Irish beach this week? Marie Louise has been mixing with the glitteratti once again while winning yet another award at the Royal Television Society NI awards in Belfast. Derry Girls and Derry Girl, Jamie Lee O Donnell also brought home the top prizes.  Meanwhile Jeanie has discovered that there are at least two and a half thousand reasons why being born in Ireland makes living to 100 cause for celebration.  Summer's here, someone pass the tanning mitt.  NOTES:  RTS NI Award - (not available to watch on BBC at the moment) Louise Gallagher - The Real Derry - The Fake - fake tan story Benone Stand - Visit Derry Blue Lights (now available in Australia) Diona Doherty Your 100th birthday in Ireland Celtic Media Awards - BBC Dead Hand with Paul Mallon - TDGs episodes referred to - Episode 36 - Series 3 Episode 1 (The Night before) Episode 1 - Dear Diary Episode 11 - Ballgowns and Let downs  Episode 70 - Work Experience TDGs Style  Episode 4 - It’s all a load of Walls (which has the first scene 29th May 2017  Episode 18 - Ask yer Ma with Tara Lynne O’Neill 
07/06/2335m 39s

Episode 70 : Work Experience - TDGs' style.

Jeanie spent the past week experiencing work. In the company of two wee English fellas, she went back to basics and introduced her son and his pal to the intricacies of producing and presenting a podcast.  Safe to say that they all ended the week having learned a lot. After watching all three seasons back to back and then being forced to listen to the Talking Derry Girls Episode 42 on the finale - Agreement episode - the boys have truly experienced Derry Girls.  Their in depth indoctrination into all things Derry Girls also included listening to Episode 13 of the podcast where the girls chatted to Lisa McGee about all things Derry and Derry Girls. Our young workers learned a lot from hearing her take on things too. Safe to say that 2 teenage boys had a very different view of certain events to the 3 women of a certain age who are the TDGs. Aware that they were viewing themes like the James and Erin relationship from a teen male perspective, the boys drafted in a female friend to bring some sanity to proceedings.  The week was certainly an experience… But was it work?  Not a lot of notes this week:  References to Ep 13 of Talking Derry Girls with Lisa McGee  Ep 42 The Finale BBC along with Open University and PBS - U3A Foyle - Open University with North West College 
31/05/2353m 10s

Episode 69 : The TDG's tell you where to go…

It came to our attention recently that some of you are following in our footsteps… Pauline had a tip off that someone we know well may have more information. Any excuse to visit our favourite bookshop. Pauline caught up with Jenni from Little Acorns and got the gen on some recent customers. All the way from the U.S they were following our advice on getting the best from a trip to Derry. Photographic evidence of their trip flooded our social media so Marie Louise as our resident TD Girl decided it was only right to go track the visitors down - they weren't going to be hard to find, after all we had told them where to go…  Jeanie meanwhile was safe in Surrey having undertaken some recent work experience, evidence of which should be available soon.  NOTES:  City of Derry Airport - New Ebrington Hotel - NI local Govenernment elections - Long Day’s journey into night - Little Acorns Bookstore - Bishopsgate Hotel - Ferry Clever - Martin McCrossan Derry City walking tours - The other priest (Justyn who runs Hidden City Cafe) - Tower Museum - Visit Derry - Episode 30 TDGs about - Amelia Earhart : Facebook page for Amelia Derry Earhart: You can see some of Beth’s photos on our Facebook page - (do give us a follow to keep up to date)  Chocolate Manor - in Castlerock Those spectacular Walls - Claire Allan - Derry based author also Episode 28 TDGs  Once upon a time in Northern Ireland (PBS are also involved so will probably be made available in USA - Richard Moore - Also in Episode 16 on TDGs.  Jeanette Warke Episode 25 TDGs 
24/05/2356m 42s

Episode 68 : BAFTA Glory - Extra

Full disclosure needed. The TDGs weren't planning to be here this week. Work and family commitments had taken over. However we hadn't allowed for the enormity of this year's BAFTAS.  From the moment Siobhan McSweeney swept onto the stage to collect her award for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme they knew discussions had to be had - and that was before the Internet exploded with news that her hilarious and on point acceptance speech had been "edited" (for timing reasons say the BBC… political reasons say pretty much all of the rest of us).  Links to both versions of the speech are in the notes you may want to take a look before listening.  Lisa Mc Gee added to her BAFTA stash with the award for Best Scripted Comedy bringing the Derry Girls BAFTA tally for the final series to 3.  Maybe a good time to remind you that Jeanie, Pauline and Marie-Louise were extras in series 3… Fading to black after half a second of screen time in the funeral scene in episode 6. BAFTA winning performance x 3…! Join Pauline and Jeanie as they discuss shoes, dresses and censorship….and to anyone who believes that silencing the force behind Sister Michael was justified "you might want to think about wising up". NOTES:  BAFTAS - the two interviews side-by-side! Alistair Campbell - Rory Stewart - The Rest is Politics - (The Rest is Politics) Leading - Tony Blair - Gerry Adams - Lynette Fay show BBC Radio Ulster - (We were on the last 15 mins or so)  Children in Crossfire - and the Hope braclets worn by the cast at the BAFTAs and Series 3 Richard Moore who founded the Derry based international charity was a guest on TDGs Ep 16  Richard has an amazing personal story and is also incredibly funny! Ep 46 - For the Tape - Ma Mary  Tara Lynne O’Neill aka Ma Mary was a guest on TDGs. (Well worth a re-listen!) 
17/05/2342m 54s

Episode 67 : Take a beat with Declan Lawn

CONTAINS A SPOILER! Just in case you haven’t watched Blue Lights yet!  We have a wee challenge for you this week. Can you count how many times Blue Lights writer Declan Lawn makes us gasp during this chat?  Currently writing series 2 we deployed the mantra of Blue Lights favourite Gerry and reminded Declan "If you catch a break - take it"  Derry pedigree duly scrutinised Declan discusses the workings of the writer's room as a creative concept and how the acting and creative talent on tap in Northern Ireland is a joy for anyone involved in the Arts.  Derry Girls is naturally on the agenda and Declan has something to say about how Lisa McGee's creation has opened the door for others.  Back to the idea of gasps and the TDG's are introduced to a new concept… U.R.S.T. Who knew!?  Spoiler Alert : the elephant in the room moment… Really - how could he? SPOILER WARNING - DON’T LISTEN BETWEEN ‪34.30 - 40.22‬ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS..!!  The answer is both moving and, sorry to admit it, understandable.  Finally since series 2 is still being written could there maybe, just perhaps, be a small role for 3 ladies of a certain age in the new series?...  NOTES:  Interview with Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson - writers of BBC’s Blue Lights. Outline of Blue Lights - Slugger O’Toole’s blog follows each episode but there’s a warning about spoilers (no spoilers in this first piece! URST from the Global dictionary - Acronym for UnResolved Sexual Tension. Originated in the Australian TV series the secret life of us. "Wow, check out the urst flying back and forth between … Claire Allan, Novelist based in Derry - U.R.S.T. - Acronym for UnResolved Sexual Tension. Originated in the Australian TV series the secret life of us. "Wow, check out the urst flying back and forth between … The Sailsbury Posionings is still available on the BBC iplayer - by Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson Louise Gallagher Michael Shea aka Mo McInyre aka Clive the wee prod from East Belfast - URST subjects -  Sian Brooke aka Grace Ellis Martin McCann aka Steve Neil Dearbhaile McKinny aka Aisling (Ep5 Blue Lights) aka wee Aunt Sarah (Series 3 - The Reunion) Nathan Braniff aka Tommy Foster Richard Dormer aka Gerry Cliff John Lynch aka James McIntyre Art Campion (Father Peter in Derry Girls) drug dealer in Blue Lights Chris Ferry - Ferry Clever -  Sent from my iPhone
10/05/2344m 16s

Episode 66: Blue lights

For the tape… and new listeners, Talking Derry Girls are Pauline Moore, Jeanie Messenger and Marie-Louise Muir. However whilst they are very much individuals and more often on their own, they are aware that it's not always obvious who is who! Maybe introductions are in order? Judge for yourself how well that idea goes!!  In slightly saner times, the girls have been binge watching a new BBC drama “Blue Lights”, a police drama set in present day Belfast, a premise that deserves praise just for getting commissioned in the first place. The show is remarkably good and manages to put a human face on the Police Service of Northern Ireland that is both enlightening and refreshing. It's gritty and believable with just the right sprinkling of NI humour. The TDG's are hooked and a second series has been announced. The girls will talk to writer Declan Lawn next week so if you have any burning questions you want to be asked do get in touch. I wonder if the wee Jewish fella still works in Ballymena?  NOTES:  Blue Lights - Review of Blue Lights (WITH NO SPOILERS) Jeanie and Pauline met one of the characters at Dancing at Lughnasa Great interview with the writers Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson about Blue Lights (NO SPOILERS) Gerry Anderson presenter BBC Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle Claire Allan, Novelist based in Derry - Art Campion (Father Peter in Derry Girls) drug dealer in Blue Lights Good Friday Agreement BBC podcast Before and After - Good Friday Agreement events Ep3 of Talking Derry Girls - it’s the episode of the wee dead dog pissing on the statue but it also has a few of our own stories about the police and army. 
03/05/2335m 28s

Episode 65 : Is it London or is it Derry? When in doubt try both.

Pauline and Jeanie are hobnobbing in London's West End while Marie-Louise is a plus 1 at a Presidential visit, as excuses go, it's not a bad one.   But her knowledge of culture and the arts was keenly missed when her two cohorts tried schmoozing in theatre land. As best day top-trumps go it's a tough one to call and may go some way to explain why Jeanie is slightly more hyper than usual this week. Is she giddy with excitement or off her chops on cough meds? You decide.  The “Dancing at Lughnasa” opening night blows their minds when Pauline gets mistaken for a cast member… Can you guess who?... Or maybe she is someone's mother? it was a memorable night.  Meanwhile Kathy Kiera Clarke, aka Aunt Sarah, Orla's Derry Girls mother is ripping up the stage in “The Dry House” at the Marylebone Theatre and Pauline devises a plan to clone Paul Mescal's DNA after getting very close to him thanks to the best £10 either of them has ever spent. Let's just say it's not only Streetcars that are named Desire… Clinton’s visit to Northern Ireland 2023 - Making Hope and History Rhyme (Seamus Heaney) Bronagh Gallagher - Ash - Neil Hannon - Neil Hannon - singing Sunrise check out our FB page for this. We will post it There are two notes from ML to put in here.  Dancing at Lughnasa - at the National Theatre Brian Friel - Just noticed that the Brian Friel doc produced by Marie-Louise is on You Tube. Give it a search.  The Dry House - A Street Car named Desire - PLAYHOUSE DERRY - play about John Hume available to watch online until 30th April 2023 BBC World Service documentary In the Studio about the play presented by Marie-Louise and co produced by Pauline and Marie-Louise Siobhan McSweeney and Louisa Harland on BBC Radio 4 - Woman’s Hour April 2023.
26/04/231h 2m

Episode 64 : Hume Beyond Belief

The life and Mission of John and Pat Hume 25 years on from the signing of the Good Friday Agreement a new theatrical production has been created to mark the legacy of the late John and Pat Hume.  It premiered in Derry's Guildhall on 31st March and will be streamed live to a global audience this week on Good Friday (Link in the notes) The TDG's were of course on hand to watch the story unfold and this week there is an insight into what Pauline and Marie-Louise get up to in their not spare time. BBC World Service documentary anyone? Voted Ireland's Greatest in a 2010 viewers poll for RTE, John Hume and his wife Pat left their mark on Irish history but more importantly on the people of Derry. To tell their story on a Derry stage to an audience who knew them best is a remarkable feat for the Derry Playhouse and is as brave and remarkable as John and Pat themselves.  NOTES:  BBC World Service - In the Studio presented by Marie-Louise Muir and co produced by Marie-Louise Muir and Pauline Moore The new A6 road by passing Dungiven. President Joe Biden to visit Northern Ireland on 25th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement. Beyond Belief - Playhouse theatre. Live streaming on Friday 7th April, available for a week. Bloody Sunday - the White Handkerchief Found this podcast which features John Hume and David Trimble - Kathleen Gillespie Gerry Doherty Pat Hume BBC podcast about the Good Friday Agreement - marking the 25th anniversary And homework from the TDGs... Ep 7 - of the podcast where we talk about John Hume who died in August 2020.  Ep 42 - The Agreement Ep7 Derry Girls  Ep 35 - The Launch of Series 3 - Derry Girls (1st anniversary). 
07/04/2342m 5s

Episode 63 : Isn't it Iconic.

As promised and just in time for the St Patrick's Day Spring Carnival, the eagerly awaited Derry Girls taster exhibition opened this week in the City.  Marie-Louise was there representing the TDG's and getting the bars on what is and what will be included in the future exhibition. She tells Pauline and Jeanie what to expect and the girls gain an insight into how she spends her days off.  It all starts with an intro that is worthy of Uncle Colm and she chats to some new pals and catches up with an old friend of the TDG's, resplendent in Green and generously dishing out cream horns.  Scarily she also embraces her inner Clare, maybe because she was allowed to be an individual on her own.  In celebration of the immersive, interactive, augmented reality experience that is planned for this Summer we thought we would make this episode interactive too. Please prepare yourselves for TDG's bingo. Drinkers will need shots, flaming Sambucas are recommended - teetotallers can play with cream horns, pop tarts or Tayto crisps. You can indulge in your chosen treat every time you hear the words ICONIC - VISIT DERRY or WATERLOO PLACE. Other party games are available and most likely safer - Slainte.  NOTES:  Visit Derry - where the taster Exhibition is being housed Tower Museum - where the Derry Girls Experience is opening in the Summer - EPIC DESIGN - Derry City and Strabane District Council - Derry Girls afternoon tea Everyglades Hotel - Friends of the Factory - Shirt Tales Part 1 Ep 62 Beyond Belief - The Life and Mission of John Hume - available to watch online on 7th April. The first part of the trilogy - The White Handkerchief is available on demand from the website.  Ma Mary aka Tara Lynne O’Neill talking about her jazzy jumper Ep 46  When Jeanie’s work thought she was in River Dance Ep12  The TDGs on the Derry Girls food tour Ep 57 
22/03/2353m 28s

Episode 62: Shirt Tales Part 1

Abandoned (for one episode only) by Jeanie and Marie-Louise, Pauline is determined not to be an individual on her own! Meet fellow Derry girls, Yvonne Norris and Naomi Petropoulos. Both DGs have a strong interest in the rich history of the city’s shirt factories. For quite a few decades there were more than 40 factories employing thousands of women. In 1867, Karl Marx mentioned the new trend of home working - referencing one of the world’s first industrialised factories - Tillie and Henderson which at one time was the largest shirt factory in the world. There’s been a long campaign to recognise the Factory Girls who kept the economy of the city going. Yvonne and Naomi give a great introduction to a vital story in Derry’s history. And they did pass the audition if any situations arise in Talking Derry Girls. NOTES  Shirts, Singer and Sewing exhibition snippets of interviews with factory girls carried out by Naomi Petropoulos Shirts, Singers and Sewing exhibition iin Shipquay Street in Derry City centre. Naomi Petropoulos - Family Matters podcast episode where Naomi chats to her Granny and Mother-in-law about working in Derry’s shirt factories Article by Naomi Petropoulos Friends of the Factories Article about the Tillie and Henderson shirt factory in Derry/Londonderry. The world’s first modern factory mentioned by Karl Marx in Das Kapital. BBC Radio Ulster - Stories in Sound, Factory Girls BBC The shirt factory horn (TV clip) Shirt Factory Heritage Walking Tour Friends of the Factories - plaques initiative BBC report on Factory Girls song by Keiron Tourish My Granny was a Factory Girl The Friends of the Factory Workers scheme was the winner of the Women’s History Network Community History Prize in 2021. Derry’s factory girls: A window into the adult world Amelia Earhart in Derry - Ep 30 Talking Derry Girls Podcast  Plaques at St Columb’s Hall to commemorate visits by Emmeline Pankhust, Eleanor Marx and Margaret Cousins - Derry Girls and Rock and Roll Willie Deery Derry’s Dance Halls of Romance - Willie Deery Claire Allan Derry based writer (guest on Ep 28) - The First Time I said Goodbye
16/03/2356m 53s

Episode 61 : Pick me Up - International Women's Day.

The TDG's - Pauline, Marie-Louise and Jeanie - have always got each other's backs and this week they manage to help each other out without even realising.  We all get times when we feel a bit flat but this week the girls were all in a bit of a slump. Strange things happen when friends get together and admit they aren't at their best. Hold tight to those friends.  Derry has opened a new tribute to Mo Mowlam and the girls remember the force of nature who, as Northern Ireland Secretary, played no small part in the Good Friday Agreement negotiations. No fusty old statue to remember Mo.!  The girls remember being serenaded by Damian McGinty who is currently dancing up a storm in Ireland's Dancing with the Stars… memories, good pals and chat.  Happy International Women's Day.  NOTES : You might want to revisit TDGs 36 and 37 covering the first two episodes in Series 3.  NI secretary of state - Mo Mowlam: Mo Mowlam talking about the NI peace process: Mo Mowlam visiting the Maze prison: Issue of policing in Good Friday Agreement: Women’s Coalition (1996) - a minor but very important party forcing other parties to take women's issues seriously: Monica McWilliams and an interview about her book Stand up, Speak out where she talks about Mo Mowlam. Mo Mowlam studio opening The campaign for a University in Derry Factory Girls and Rock and Roll Damian McGinty - he was a guest on TDGs Ep21 - Derry Boy (40 episodes ago). He’s now in the semi finals of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars..  Go to Ep21 to hear about how he got into the TV hit Glee. And how Jeanie’s Dad give him a present one Christmas when he was a lad!! Eurovision Song Contest New BBC podcast marking 25th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement Link for GFA podcast from BBC Marie-Louise and Pauline are Jeanie’s wee English fella’s Godmother Others as he’s always called us..  
08/03/2350m 7s

Episode 60: Talk about your talkabouts.

The TDG's are in reflective mood or is it delirium? 60 epiodes in has got them thinking - is it maybe time to hang up their recording gear and go open that "flip flop shop in Hawaii"? Is there enough laundry in her world to keep Pauline busy and could Marie-Louise be happy embedded in her world of Culture and the Arts? At least Jeanie could make it to her Slimming World meetings every week.  Prepare yourselves, this episode is the closest you will get to being a fly on the wall when these 3 get together. No notes. No prep. And very little sense. Be grateful no alcohol was consumed… Happy 60th! Notes:  The Windsor Framework (so far..) - Denis Murray former Ireland Correspondent - International Polar Bear Day - There’s a recipe for Mary’s Derry Stew on page 93 of Erin’s Diary!  The difference between swedes and turnips Ep 13 Talking Derry Girls - with Lisa McGee where we talk about listening to the episodes.  Director of Derry Girls: Michael Lennox - Dancing at Lughnasa - Justine Mitchell (the 4th Derry Girl in D at L) The Dry House Paul Mescal - Damian McGinty - Ep 21 of TDGs - Derry Boy He won The Glee Project in USA, lives in Nashville, is currently in RTE’s Dancing with the stars. Beyond Paradise - on Britbox and BBC Stephen King’s - Welcome to Derry For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
01/03/2354m 52s

Episode 59: Fancy seeing you here. The Derry Girls Reunion 2023.

The TDG's have been on a road trip like no other. One where Marie-Louise was in charge - chairing a very special Derry Girls reunion. Staged at the Metropolitan Art Centre (Mac) in Belfast, Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee and several cast members came together for a special fundraising event in support of Friends of the Mac, the charitable organisation which raises money to fund the centre.  The Mac has seen many of the cast tread their boards in the past and staged one of Lisa's early plays. Safe to say it is a cause close to the hearts of the Derry Girls cast who joined in the reunion.  The Mac has recently launched their US Friends of the Mac at the world famous Irish bar The Dead Rabbit in NYC. We have it on good authority that Seamus the cat has an alibi for the night of the bunny's demise and….sure anyway he wouldn't hurt a fly…  The reunion night was a doozy and Jeanie and Pauline tagged along to get the inside track and backstage gossip. Pauline borrowed an iron from Ma Mary, Orla talked dance moves and Granda Joe told how he was won in a raffle. Lisa confessed how she will never tire of winning awards for Derry Girls - Dennis told us all to GET OUT and Aunt Sarah - Well you can imagine…  Toome - The Mac - Funding link - Friends of the MAC | The MAC Belfast ( The Launch of series 3 - Episode 35 (The one where Paul Mallon aka Dennis gave us a room. Go look for it!) The Jazz House, Derry - The Dead Rabbit: The World famous Irish pub in NYC - Geraldine Hughes - The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland - Ferry Clever - Charlotte Gillies - Charlotte and Jess - Dancing at Lughnasa - Marie-Louise’s TV programme about Brian Friel who wrote Dancing at Lughnasa - it’s only available on the iplayer for a few more days. The Ballad Of Renegade Nell - Rough Magic - For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
22/02/231h 7m

Episode 58: What happens in Derry…is very unlikely to stay in Derry.

The TDG's are back together in the City and looking for adventure. Just getting there involved one tale of woe which  Pauline would be much wiser to forget. Was there really lapdancing involved in her computer repair? Maybe they use a different system in Glasgow? Talking of exhibits we have news on the rumoured Derry Girls exhibition  that you won't want to miss - Happy St Patrick's Day is all we can say or is it…?  A campaign is launched to make Tom Hanks a Derry Girl. Promises are made to the famous Hollywood actor and  typewriter collector as Jenni Doherty from Little Acorns Bookstore invites him to her new premises to check out her typewriter museum.  All in the week when the TDG's attend a special fundraising Derry Girls reunion. There is limited time to get your questions in for the on stage Q and A session. Details in the notes. Derry Girls Exhibition: Little Acorns Bookstore: Tom Hanks and his typewriters: Derry Girls Reunion (we’ll be there!): If you have a question you’d like to ask cast members do let us know - we’ll pick one or two out!  Or the most popular question.. Send to our FB or twitter page and give us a follow on all the socials for all the latest!  For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
15/02/2344m 39s

Episode 57: Three Flaming Sambucas and a 10p mix

"What were you doing up Pump Street?"  February is Love Legenderry Food Month celebrating all of the culinary genius that the City has to offer. Back in November the TDG's embraced their heritage and embarked on the Derry Girls food tour. It is perhaps safe to say that tour guide Feargal Doherty may not have quite known what to expect from these three.  No tour of Derry is ever going to be straight laced or straight forward - throw in a chip shop order, flaming sambucas and a trip up Pump Street and you're asking for trouble.  Which of the TDG's showed a natural talent with a cream horn and who had points deducted for cheek?  Slainte Mothf##kas this is one tour you won't want to miss.  Winking and cream horns are optional - no Feargal Dohertys were harmed during the making of this episode.  NOTES:  Love LegenDerry Food Month has a mouth-watering programme to tempt foodies -   Visit Derry: Great places to eat and drink as well as places to stay  Feargal Doherty’s website - Feargal Doherty’s Derry Girls Food Tour - venues included in food tour  Castle Street Social - Lizzie O’Farrells - Doherty’s Bakery - William Street The Derry Girls Food tour also includes:  Joe Jacksons Ice Cream - ice cream making on Pump Street - Yellowyard - everything 90s, selling old vinyl, DVDS and retro clothes, also location for the buying of the Flat Boy Slim tickets There’s a visit to the site of Dennis’ wee shop and a you get a 10p mix.  Rossville Flats - Bogside Derry - Doherty’s special mince - UV Arts - McLaughlin’s - Battle of the Bogside - Foyle Books - Beech Hill Hotel - For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
08/02/2346m 56s

Episode 56: Happy St Brigid's Day

How much do you know about St Brigid? Ireland has named a new public holiday in her honour but the TDG's are embarrassed by their total ignorance of her story.  This week Marie Louise, Pauline and Jeanie welcome Dr Niamh Wycherley who is a medieval historian at Maynooth University. Who was Brigid? religious saint, kick ass pagan goddess or possibly a combination of the two? Dr Niamh helpfully advises the girls that everything we know about Brigid is a mixture of reality and myth. - "Everything and nothing is made up"  Sounds like the ideal scenario for a TDG's discussion.  Dr Niamh Wycherley - Couple of articles by Niamh on St Brigid  RTE: Finding Brigid - Saint Brigid - Good article on Bad Ass Brigid - Imbolc Festival in Derry - Little Acorns Bookstore - Visit Derry - For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
01/02/2355m 43s

Episode 55: Parlez in the Parlour

2023 is a New Year full of exciting Derry Girls news and upcoming events. The TDG's are primed for action and start this week with a few 'bars' and a timely reminder to check your smoke alarm!  Back in episode 52 we talked to the Mayor Sandra Duffy about the Derry Girls effect on the city and here we talk more about her role as Mayor and the privileges it brings.  It's certainly not all clinking tea cups with the likes of us. Great craic as that was.  The Mayor can choose a charity to support during their tenure and this year it is very close to Sandra's heart. - First Housing - aims to tackle homelessness in the City.  But why does one wee boy declare the trappings of Mayoralty ‘vulgar’ and is the welcome mat really ready and waiting for Martin Scorsese?  Derry photographer Declan Dillon tells the girls a bit about the inspiration for his Storyteller of the Street portraits and explains why sometimes it's the lending an ear that gives him most joy.  Tower Museum Exhibition - The Peace Heroines of Northern Ireland John Hume Musical - If you are able to get BBC here’s a TV documentary about the The White Handkerchief about the first in the trilogy - John Hume awards in the Guildhall - John Hume Obituary Plans and funding approved for Derry Girls Exhibition - Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council - The Mayor’s chosen charity Nancy Soderberg - Good Friday Agreement - George Best Belfast City Airport - Peace Flame Garden - Declan Dillon - storyteller of the street  instagram - Nancy Soderberg - Good Friday Agreement - For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
25/01/2356m 31s

Episode 54: Nun the Wiser - Mary Pat Kelly: The whole story… For now.

Will the real Sister Michael please stand forward? Christmas is a time of magical dreams, imaginings and inexplicable happenings. During a recent pre-festive visit to their hometown the TDG's found themselves thrown off course by a chance collision of events that truly was a gift.  They found themselves immersed in a story that started back in 1968 when a young nun requested a copy of the latest Scorsese.  That nun was Mary Pat Kelly, she has written the book “Martin Scosese :A Journey”… and her Derry connections are off the scale  She is Martin Scorsese’s real life Sister Michael. "Those Nuns"  Happy Christmas.  MARY PAT KELLY’S BOOK - MARTIN SCORSESE A JOURNEY - NEW EDITION - 17TH NOV 2022 THAT INTERVIEW WITH MARTIN SCORSESE AT THE ECONOMIC CLUB OF CHICAGO THE PLAYHOUSE DERRY SHIRAH OF BETHLEHEM JOHN HUME - Damien Gorman - new musical drama based on John Hume MARY PAT KELLY WRITING ABOUT HER FRIENDSHIP WITH JOHN HUME GRACE O’MALLEY - PIRATE QUEEN CHICAGO RIOTS THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST
21/12/221h 10m

Episode 53: It's beginning to look a lot like Bah Humbug.

Back in their separate homesteads the TDG's are battling to unearth any Christmas spirit. Marie-Louise is still fighting her bug, Jeanie's wee English fella is also sick and her boiler has packed up, meanwhile Pauline's knickers are frozen. Mince pie anyone?  Luckily they have memories of a very busy week in Derry, with Christmas cheer, gifts and shopping trips aplenty.  Santa gets in on the act and Pauline suggests Jamie Dornan may just be the thing for every Derry Girls stocking this year - Did you know Santa was from Derry? Cue the sleighbells.  Ep 16 Talking Derry Girls - with Richard Moore (Children in Crossfire) Ep 25 Talking Derry Girls - with Jeanette Warke (The Fountain)  Children in Crossfire: Hope bracelets as seen on Derry Girls Series 3: Santa at the Guildhall in Derry: Storyteller of the Street - Declan Dillon: John Hume’s peace prizes at the Guildhall: Ferry Clever: Pure Derry: Jamie Dornan: For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
14/12/2246m 19s

Episode 52: You are now entering Freedom Derry - Lisa McGee

What a week it's been for the TDG's - Together in Derry for a pre festive catch up and a few recordings plans took a bit of an unexpected turn.  A date with the Mayor coincided with the announcement that Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee would receive her Freedom of the City the following week - in a very private and low key ceremony. Or was it?  Flights were changed and press invites wrangled. Lisa has entered "Free Derry" and has a certificate to prove it, truly a great day as the Derry Girl herself became the first ever woman to be given Freedom of the City. Herstory made.  Meanwhile in a ridiculously convoluted tale of serendipity Marie-Louise tracked down the woman who told Martin Scorsese to watch Derry Girls. In our wildest imaginings we could not have made this up. There is a nun involved. You do not want to miss this… Lisa McGee being conferred with the Freedom of the City by Derry City and Strabane District Council: Lisa’s Freedom of the City: Mary Pat Kelly - who told Martin Scorsese to watch Derry Girls: For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
07/12/2246m 49s

Episode 51: Extra extras PART 2 - We're ready for our close up Mr Scorsese.

When Hollywood Royalty declared their feelings for "those nuns" the TDGs had a rethink about their role in the programme. Should Marie-Louise have embraced her nun in civvies look and could Pauline and Jeanie's dark theories about the funeral scene maybe have been a premonition of darker times ahead in a Scorcese directed Derry Girls movie?  Back in time to 2021 and the girls pick up their audio diary fresh from the funeral set and still a bit giddy from the excitement and trauma of the day. Exhausted from mourning an unknown deceased when their theories have all but wiped out the entire cast in a catastrophic disaster of Scorsesian magnitude… Action!  Martin Scorsese: Goodfellas: Lisa McGee talking about the film influences in Series 3: The Economic Club of Chicago: Ep36 of TDGs - The Night Before..  For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
30/11/2249m 41s

Episode 50: Extra extras! PART 1

Back in November 2021 the TDG's were given the honour of appearing as extras in an episode of the show.  It gave them exclusive behind the scenes insights into the making of the programme itself. The casting, the costumes, the make up and locations. All very exciting and all top secret. Now to celebrate their 50th episode the time has come to share that day and ponder just how right or wrong their storyline theories were.  With no idea where their scene would fit into the finished series the girls were left to speculate what the heck was going on.  Just how difficult was it to look like they belonged in the 90's and could they contain their grief at a funeral? A funeral where they didn't actually know who had died… or did they? The Nerve Centre: The Hidden Cafe: other episodes  Ep 32 - Us sayin nathin - not long after we’d discovered we’d been invited to be extras in Series 3 Ep 41 - Halloween - talking about series 3 Ep 6  For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
22/11/2258m 22s

Episode 49: In it to Win it

The TDG's are well and truly out of their comfort zone when discussion turns to football. Derry City Football Club have won the Football Association Ireland Cup in spectacular fashion and Derry is 'buzzin'.  Pauline meets 2 Derry Girls fans on pilgrimage from Indiana and discovers that she may just have a future as a tour guide… could be useful if Jeanie and Marie-Louise continue to be grumpy.  If you've ever fancied your own trip to the city that never shuts up… the girls have news of a Tourism Ireland competition especially for US fans. (Details are in the notes below) Be quick as closing date for this particular competition is 18th November… though further comps are promised!  Come see Derry for yourself the TDG's might even put the kettle on…  TOURISM IRELAND DERRY GIRLS COMPETITION - CLOSING DATE 18TH NOVEMBER 2022 Visit Derry 4-0!!! DERRY CITY FOOTBALL CLUB TV programme - A Different League: about Derry City Football Club. PURE DERRY Rough Girls - Tara Lynne O’Neill’s play check out Ep23 of the podcast Dana - Eurovison song contest winner Everglades Hotel - Bishops Gate Hotel - NY Public Library and reading list for Derry Girls Walled City Brewery - For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
16/11/2251m 4s

Episode 48: When it's scone it's scone.

There's nothing " funny" about these award winning scones. A programme that was a year in the making, for reasons which may become apparent.  A straightforward meeting with Northern Ireland's number 1 scone maker Michelle Devine, turned into a Bake Off style stand off with the TDG's own Pauline all too ready with her own hints and tips. A case of big bowls at dawn or something a lot less competitive?  The event raised a few questions and by a very circuitous route that would have challenged even Uncle Colm, the girls may just have discovered why Rock the Boat is such a hit at Irish weddings.  Pauline decides that the girls can learn a thing or two from The West Wing, Marie-Louise is keen to answer your Derry Girls questions while Jeanie says she will not be setting her alarm for a 2am question and answer session, not even for the tape…  The Cottage Craft gallery and coffee shop The West Wing Richard Schiff aka Toby Ballyliffin Golf Club - Donegal For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
09/11/2249m 31s

Episode 47: Derry Hallowe'en Parade 2022

It's very scary in Derry : This year saw the return of the carnival parade to the city streets and Jeanie, Pauline and Marie-Louise just couldn't resist being there in person. Maybe it was something to do with episode 6 of Season 3, when Derry Girls celebrated Hallowe'en with Fat Boy Slim and the TDG's became mourners at a funeral… Maybe it was reading the history of Halloween Town a new book by local Derry woman Debs Boyle or maybe they just had a serious fear of missing out on the Craic. Whatever the reason, Hallowe'en discussions take a typical diversion past clothes horses, hotel rooms and the terrifying spectre of boyfriends past. Pauline disguises herself as an exhausted podcaster, Marie-Louise as 5 teenagers and a stressed out guardian and someone puts Jeanie in a corner… Join us as the girls try to find each other in the midst of ghosties, ghoulies and things you most definitely don't want to bump into at night. Cue the spooky music… Spark! - who opened the parade Hallowe’en Welcome to Halloween book - buy it here Halloween Town Norhwest Carnival Initiative who are responsible for the Parade Little Acorns Bookstore - Jenni Doherty Memories of Derry Hallowe’en collected in new book WELCOME TO HALLOWE’EN TOWN by Deborah Boyle (there’s also a film which can be found on the links below) available on amazon and good bookstores including Little Acorns Bookstore Planning your trip You can hear our special Hallowe’en episodes from last year - Ep 26 and Ep 27 Madeline McCully - Derry based Storyteller who told the story of the haunted convent on Pump Street! For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
02/11/2248m 53s

Episode 46: For the Tape - Ma Mary

We said nothing until we'd seen our solicitor… Tara Lynne O Neill, in true Derry Ma style, pulled out all the stops and made things better for everyone around her.. Aka us. Yes she agreed to give us a second chance, for the tape this time. The TDG's talk to Ma about life imitating art and how some days can truly resemble an episode of Derry Girls. There were so many questions some of which were asked and a few that got some answers… it's hard to keep track when thoughts turn to hot plumbers, cheese and onion crisps, specially commissioned knitwear and wee dogs! Tara Lynne O’Neill has also been our guest on Eps 18 and 23… Tommy Teirnon’s podcast with his pals: The Split: The Hot Plumber - Damien Molony aka Gabriel: TDGs also covered Ep 2 Series 3 The Affair in Ep 37 of the podcast: Alison Hammond: The most fertile man in Ireland (it’s a film!): For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
26/10/2241m 7s

Episode 45: There really is NO tape.

Sometimes, it is said, that the truth is told when no-one is listening. In this case lots of truths and a fair few lies were told when no-one was recording.  All set up to talk to Tara Lynn O'Neil, aka Ma Mary, about her penchant for hot plumbers and forbidden love (Season 3 episode 2 The Affair) the TDG's fell victim to witchcraft. They were the subject of a technical hex. (Season 2 episode 4 The Curse. - remember what happened to Aunt Bridie when she crossed Ma Mary?!)  No coffin this time but the TDGs found themselves with no guest, a blank tape and the spectre of Derry Hallowe'en 2022 to haunt them. Scary stuff…  Talking Derry Girls Podcast - Hallowe’en Ep 26 and Ep 27  Derry Hallowe’en: Derry City and Stabane District council: Visit Derry: We mention the Clipper Festival a few times. It was held in Derry/Londonderry back in July 2022 Little Acorns Bookstore Welcome to Halloween Town Nine Waves Derry Girls Finale should be shown in schools across UK Ebrington Hotel the view… For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
20/10/2245m 40s

Episode 44: Season 3 | Ep1 Revisited

Us the US and all points around the globe. At last, season 3 has landed worldwide and Pauline, Marie-Louise and Jeanie can be a little bit more vocal about what joys lie there-in. The world is watching and the Talking Derry Girls are curious about how the global audience is receiving the new joy. To drip feed or binge on the box set… is there a right way to get your fix? Subtitles on or off? How much time between watching and then rewatching an episode? Was Seamus the cat framed and could you pick Richard Gere's arse out of a line up? There is NO tape! And no spoilers beyond S3 Ep1! Vote for Derry Girls - best comedy up until noon on Thursday 13th October at noon UK time. So adjust for time differences IMRO Radio Awards - Documentary Gold - The Heiress and the General produced by Conor McKay, presented by our own Marie-Louise Muir Other recent award winners who have been on with TDGs - Jenni Doherty - Little Acorns Bookstore Geri Martin - The Chocolate Manor American Gigolo 1980 Ep 17 - the time we pretended to be Canadians. Walking the Talk Kevin McAleer aka Uncle Colm Hallowe’en 2022 For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
12/10/2246m 2s

Episode 43: You Couldn't Make it Up

The 2022 Irish Podcast Awards was a memorable evening. The Talking Derry Girls won the Gold, Arts and Culture award. For once lost for words Jeanie and Pauline took to the stage and the rest of the weekend was a bit of a blur. Luckily Pauline and her trusty recorder were on hand to capture the triumphant return of the award to Derry where we met up with Marie-Louise. With thanks to everyone who has supported, encouraged and listened to our chatter…especially Lisa McGee who's just class. Visit Derry: Tourism NI: The Walls: Ebrington: UV arts who created the Derry Girls Mural: Ep 18 Tara Lynne O’Neill aka Ma Mary: Click here Ep 16 Richard Moore: Click here Richard’s podcast: Ep 27 Derry Hallowe’en: Click here Ep 29 Paul Mallon aka Dennis: Click here Ep 35 The launch of series 3 event (no spoilers): Click here For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
03/10/2241m 24s

Episode 42: Season 3 | Finale: The Agreement

The late great Douglas Adams decreed the number 42 to be the answer to the ultimate question of life, the Universe and everything… we can't claim that TDG's episode 42 will give you the meaning of life but we will have a crack at answering a question or two - depending of course on who is holding the breadstick.  The Agreement - the finale to the final season, the end of the road… but was it a road paved in yellow? Could the mighty Oz have the answers that help our gang towards a more peaceful, joyful future?  Can anyone ever compete with our devotion to labour saving kitchen gadgets - how many ballot papers would you need to eat to consume a whole politician… and who said it best when he said nothing at all?  Pass the breadstick, the TDG's are going in…  The Agreement: George Mitchell: (from 2020)  John Hume obituary report: David Trimble: David Ervine: David Cameron’s (former PM) apology for Bloody Sunday: Pat Bradley: The Protocol: Punch Magazine: Marian Keyes: Bronagh Gallagher (The Commitment): Also great story about Bronagh in Ep 1 of Talking Derry Girls.  Siobhan McSweeney on Today programme Radio 4 after the finale of Derry Girls: Caroline Magennis - author and academic article on Derry Girls: Richard Moore - Children in Crossfire:,Children%20in%20Crossfire%20deliver%20together. What about you podcast: and all places you get your podcasts.  For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
28/05/221h 17m

Episode 41: Season 3 | Episode 6: Halloween

Halloween in Derry - Now there's a subject the TDG's know a trick or treat about - (have a listen to eps 26 and 27 for the full on Derry at Halloween experience). After recording these episodes in Derry last November the TDG's stayed on in town by special invitation to fulfil their ultimate dream - being extras during the filming! What was their scene? Would they need extra hair, make up and costume overhauls and just how much extra security would Granda Joe need to protect him from Marie-Louise's fangirling? Nothing could prepare them for the scene that lay ahead and the Non Disclosure Agreements signed meant that not a word could pass their lips until now… Fat Boy Slim: Seamus Heaney and nobel prize for literature: BBC Radio Foyle - Sean Coyle: BBC Radio Foyle - Gerry Anderson: (Mr Madstab) Emmett J Scanlan: Claire’s Dad - David Ireland (Cyrus Avenue): Vanessa Ifediora (Laurie - the kiss): Finton (Fi Fi - Fin Fin): St Augustine’s Church of Ireland: St Columbs Hall: City Walking Tours (Charlene Ep 17 TDGs - Walking the Talk): Yellow Yard: Blinkers: The Hidden City Cafe: (owned by Justin who was an EXTRA priest with us in this Episode)  Our very own Halloween specials in Derry - TDGs Ep 26 and 27!  For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
20/05/2252m 34s

Episode 40: Series 3 | Episode 5: The Reunion

What's 20 years between friends? The TDG's are made painfully aware this week that they are indeed closer in age to the Derry Ma's than to their rebellious offspring. Back to the 70's, to times our girls remember well, all teen angst, teen discos and Teenage Kicks. John Hume is walking the walls, Da Gerry is climbing the walls with hunger and the IRA in their little face hats are stopping anyone from getting anywhere near The Walls with their roadblock on the bridge. Just another day in 70's Derry and - for the tape - the TDG's are loving every single second of it… The John Hume report from TV: Foy Vance: The Undertones: Stiff Little Fingers: Journalist - Peter Taylor: Peace People 1976:
13/05/2246m 47s

Episode 39: Series 3 | Episode 4: The Haunting

The TDG's are still coming to terms with all the shocks contained in this week's episode. The language takes an unexpected turn and memories of Donegal bedsharing are revisited.  Can the TDG's ever escape from their own reality, which in the words of Sister Michael is a "very serious condition… they're from Derry". Just how hot are the "ripped" "turf cutting" Donegal farmers and did Erin's Diary give us all the necessary pointers towards this week's BIG highlight…? THE HAUNTING - SCOOBIE DOO - GORKAHORK,DONEGAL - HOLDING, TV SERIES OLWEN FOURÉRÉ - TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE - CONLETH HILL - CONLETH HILL IN CAR SHARE - DeLOREAN CAR - ERIN’S DIARY - For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
09/05/2251m 9s

Episode 38: Series 3 | Episode 3: Strangers on a Train

The gang from Derry Girls are off on a day trip and the TDG's are out of their comfort zone. What is it about the seaside destination of Portrush with to quote James, "it's Protestant, Unionist majority" that makes Marie-Louise and Jeanie feel so alienated? Memories of daytrips past and souvenirs never to be forgotten are swallowed up faster than a bag of Tayto Cheese and Onion… sorry Orla but Salt and vinegar are for savages. Look… here comes the snack trolley… Happy Days! Former Python - Michael Palin described the train journey between Coleraine and Derry/Londonderry as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Mr Benn AMY HUBERMAN - the woman in the ticket office at the station PACKY LEE - The man with the wrong bag! from Peaky Blinders MICHAEL FRY - COMEDIAN and self appointed guardian of the display KITKATS  He’s very very funny - go check out his you tubes films…. SINÉAD KEENAN - We didn’t talk about Sinéad much in this episode but we will.. she’s been in many many great programmes… inlcuding Dr Who. We have a feeling she may be back - it’s just a hunch! The issue of Decommissioning as part of the Good Friday Agreement Profile - Lisa McGee BBC Radio 4 Barrys - Portrush The Chocolate Manor - Castlerock For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
28/04/2241m 51s

Episode 37: Series 3 | Episode 2: The Affair...

Girl Power: For the first time since starting this podcast the 3 Talking Derry Girls are together in the same room to watch the first screening of a Derry Girls episode.  The excitement is off the scale, Pauline, Jeanie and Marie-Louise have seen this episode at the cinema premiere, but this is different. This is TV - they're together - there's chips, a dog, Tayto Cheese 'n' Onion crisps and Craic… loads of Craic. Throw in a hot plumber some Wannabes and a Da Enabler and the scene is set. We'll tell you what we want, what we really really want and it's not a broken boiler.  Derry Girls on Channel 4 is sponsored by Tourism Ireland: Derry Girls on Channel 4: Women's Coalition (1996) - a minor but very important party forcing other parties to take women's issues seriously: Levi’s 501 Advert - Nick Keman: Richmond Shopping Centre: Folyeside Shopping Centre: Austins: The Spice Girls: Erin’s Diary: Stars in their Eyes: BBC Children in Need: Damien Molony: Being Human: The Walled City Brewery: For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
21/04/2246m 59s

Episode 36: Series 3 | Episode 1: The Night Before…

CONTAINS SPOILERS  It's been a long 4 days since the TDG's attended the Premiere of Season 3 of Derry Girls. That is a long time to keep a secret, especially in Derry. Just who was THE special guest. Through various chats with folk around the City Jeanie, Pauline and Marie-Louise were told to expect everyone from Beyonce to Princess Diana… Derry never let's the truth get in the way of a good story. And the truth far outshone anything that Hans Christian Anderson could've made up. So buckle up… for the TDG's it is now the morning after The Night Before received it's first screening on Channel 4 and they have a few things to say about it…  Derry Girls on Channel 4 is sponsored by Tourism Ireland: Derry Girls on Channel 4: Liam Neeson: Adrian Dunbar: NI secretary of state - Mo Mowlam Mo Mowlam talking about the NI peace process: Mo Mowlam visiting the Maze prison: Issue of policing in Good Friday Agreement: Women's Coalition (1996) - a minor but very important party forcing other parties to take women's issues seriously: The Northern Ireland Forum for Political Dialogue: Senator George Mitchell - architect of the Good Friday Agreement: Review of Ep 1 - The Night Before: Goodfellas: Children in Crossfire: [for your HOPE braclets worn by the cast of Derry Girls. Richard Moore who founded this charity was a guest on our podcast Ep 16 of TDGs]. For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
14/04/2247m 57s

Episode 35: The Launch Day (NO SPOILERS!)

The first episode of Derry Girls series 3 is revealed tonight on Channel 4. The excitement has been cranking up since Thursday’s Derry premiere. The TDGs - Jeanie, Marie-Louise and Pauline are in town to join the celebrations. This is your pre-Derry Girls episode 1 warm up. So crack open the bubbles, and join us for your very own backstage insight to a Derry Girls Red carpet event.   Lisa McGee talks nerves and excitement about how the world will react to the final series. Fr Peter’s hair comes under close scrutiny and Granda Joe talks Irish wakes and weddings.   Erin and Michelle declare their love for the podcast and promise to come on. We are pure dead lured! And just when we thought the day couldn’t get any better our night ended with a generous gesture from a Derry Girls cast member….   Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls  Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4:  On RTE (in Ireland): Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK: For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
11/04/2249m 5s

Episode 34: EXTRAs Talking Derry Girls - The T-shirts are here!

It’s the Big Day of the official launch of Series 3 of Derry Girls. The TDGs are all geared up… we’ve got special ‘red carpet’ T - Shirts. There’s more tales from back in November during the week of filming in Derry and build up to the TDGs being EXTRAs. Jeanie and Pauline do Uncle Colm proud in recounting to Marie-Louise the story of meeting Lisa (no spoilers) McGee in front of the Guildhall. We just couldn’t resist it. There’s a walk on the walls post PCR test… all leading up to us being in the Nerve centre (holding pen) before our big moment in Series 3. We are beside ourselves with excitement! We’re off to get our crackin blow drys… Apple: Spotify: For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to::
06/04/2231m 57s

Episode 33: EXTRAs TALKING DERRY GIRLS - Nathin to see here!

So, yesterday in Ep 32 we told you nathin! Today, Jeanie and Pauline give a running commentary on not seeing very much at the Guildhall. But it’s the 8th November 2021 and the first day of filming so the place was packed. High viz jackets mingled with uniformed real Derry school girls. Pauline fancies a whole new career in wildlife watching - basically standing around waiting for something to happen. But there was some great intel about the EXTRAs holding pen! And while we were watching someone was watching us…. yep! Lisa (no spoilers) McGee. But Marie-Louise was ragin’ she missed it.  Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls  Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4:  On RTE (in Ireland): Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK: For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
05/04/2228m 30s

Episode 32: EXTRAs TALKING DERRY GIRLS - Us Sayin’ Nothin! with coffee and scones.

It’s exactly a week until the first episode of Derry Girls - series 3 airs on Channel 4. The TDGs are getting ready for the pilgrimage home for the special occasion - and of course the launch, with a sneak preview on the big screen. In the run up to the 12th April, Jeanie, Pauline and Marie-Louise catch up after a bit of a break from your ears. They take you back to Nov ’21 just before the week of filming starts in Derry and they reveal they are EXTRAS - no spoilers!! But that doesn’t stop them speculating that Lisa McGee will have them as giant oaks on stage in a pantomime - revenge! (ep 14) Join us over the next few days as we all get Derry Girl ready…  For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls  Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4:  On RTE (in Ireland): Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK:
04/04/2219m 44s

Episode 31: Derry Ghost Stories

It’s that week between Christmas and New Year and the TDGs have a bit of a treat for you. During the @DerryHalloween event they chatted to two great Derry writers and storytellers - Ken McCormack and Madeline McCully. Between them they have written many books about Derry, ghost stories and local folklore as well as history. Only a few of their tales were included in the Hallowe’en episodes, but they were so good and scary that we wrapped them up for you as a Christmas present! See you all later in January - if we’re spared!  For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
29/12/211h 1m

Episode 30: Amelia Earhart in Derry

Amelia Earhart - One of the world’s most famous aviators, American heroine and icon - is actually a Derry Girl! When she broke the world record as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932 she landed unexpectedly in Gallagher’s field in Ballyarnett, on the outskirts of the city. She was surprised. The rest of the world was surprised, as the plan was to land in Paris.  The TDGs talk to Derry tour guide Eilish Quigley from AELA (the Amelia Earhart Legacy Association) about this amazing story and the connections that have been made in Kansas and Newfoundland. There are plans for big celebrations in ’22 to mark the 90th anniversary.  Also it’s Christmas - and Jeanie’s parents are stuck at George Best Belfast City Airport (the irony didn’t escape us) and Pauline plans to upgrade or at least get a photo of the Amelia Earhart Lounge at City of Derry Airport!  Amelia Earhart Legacy Association website (undergoing a bit of construction at the moment). Facebook page for Amelia Derry Earhart: Plans for the 90th anniversary of Amelia’s landing in Derry: Ninety Nines - formed in 1928 to support women in aviation. Amelia Earhart was the first President Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum FB page Visit Derry Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum FB page Amelia’s little red bus which she flew from Newfoundland to Gallagher’s field on the outskirts of Derry in 1932 Tours n Trails Amelia Earhart’s cottage closes 2009 Amelia - film 2009 staring Hilary Swank Ballyarnett Heritage Trail George P Putnam For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
22/12/2153m 50s

Episode 29: Get Out! Dennis and his wee shop in actor Paul Mallon's own words…not all of them sweary.)

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and one Derry Girls favourite is busy stocking up on presents for Protestants. The iconic Derry Man talks all things Dennis, putting the fizz into Holy Communion and just how difficult it is to live in the shadow of his super talented and successful "cousin”…  Will the TDG's be a match for the force of nature and his 10p mixes or will they be sent out into the wilds of Derry without so much as a cola cube between them. Sure Dennis is a pussycat really… isn't he???  Quality Street v Roses Paul Mallon - aka Dennis Sitcom "Open All Hours" starring Ronnie Barker and David Jason   Strabane -,bridge%20over%20the%20River%20Mourne Strabane By Pass  Episode 5 "London Irish"   Celebrity Siblings The Cusacks - an Irish acting dynasty   The IMDB profile where it says Paul and Lisa McGee are "cousins".     The Wiki page Jeanie found where it says Paul has a "towering frame”. This is the opposite to the Wee Man from Strabane Hugo Duncan Where Marie-Louise asks Paul about him being a writer now - Paul has co-written a play with his partner Eléonore Maudet Paul and Eleanor talking to Marie-Louise in her proper job on The Culture Cafe BBC Radio Ulster   Dalgleish - Channel 5   Stacey Gregg - writer of "Ballywalter"  Patrick Kielty  Madonna is the first pop star to use a wireless mic on her "Vogue" tour           Jonathan Harden is part of the fateful Hallowe'en story where Paul borrows Lisa McGee's Madonna hat               (side bar - Jonathan is married to Bronagh Taggart who was the waitress in Series 1 Ep 5 Derry Girls who Gerry makes cry  Madonna's cowboy hat    Derry Hallowe'en The film "Brokeback Mountain" that Paul went as for Hallowe'en Des Kennedy The art of self taping - the new way to do auditions For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
01/12/211h 3m

Episode 28: Ask No Questions - An Interview with Claire Allan

The TDG's are now back in their separate homelands after an extended Hallowe'en visit to Derry. Any rumours that their stay had anything at all to do with Derry Girls filming in the City last week are merely speculation.  Ask No Questions…is both a request and the title of Derry Writer Claire Allan's latest novel. Claire has a true Derry Girl pedigree - all of her books are set in the City and this latest crime novel takes place at Hallowe'en. We all know how much Derry Loves Hallowe'en. Add to this the fact that Claire was two years ahead of Lisa Mc Gee at school and was editor of school magazine The Habit and you can guess that the TDG's had a lot of questions to ask….  Claire’s website: An outline of the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday Congratulation to Jenni - Little Acorns Bookstore regional winner of An Post bookshop of the year Short list announced for An Post Irish book awards 2021 The Habit - BBC NI - Blue Lights A bump along the way Louise Gallagher Bronagh Gallagher The Chocolate Manor - Hallowe’en in Derry - Feed my Curiosity Podcast with Tara Lynne O'Neill - Jamie Lee O’Donnell guest on The Proper Class Podcast Whistle through the Shamrocks - Nicola Coughlan’s new podcast Paul Mallon - soon to be a guest with TDGs For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
17/11/2151m 49s

Episode 27: Hallowe’en PART 2

Be Afraid : A Very Scary Talking Derry Girls Extra Special!  Spared to roam the streets of Derry for another day the girls are back - haunting the bookshelves and walls of Little Acorns Bookstore. Hallowe'en is here and they are there, spooky tales unfold, costumes are completed faces are painted and surprises are lurking in every dark hole.  One Derry Girls inspired costume comes all the way from the USA - via Austria and even brings it's own choreographed step aerobics routine. Even Lisa McGee's "Ma" was impressed.  With thanks to everyone who indulged us and dropped by over the weekend and especially to Derry for being so class.  DERRY HALLOWEEN LITTLE ACORNS BOOKSTORE OUR EVENT IN LITTLE ACORNS CLAIRE ALLAN - ASK NO QUESTIONS. EP WITH CLAIRE ON TDGs PODCAST COMING SOON. THE CHOCOLATE MANOR FASHION AND TEXTILE DESIGN CENTRE ANDREW MCGARRIGLE - Knock Knock KEN MCCORMACK MADELINE MCCULLY LEONA - Who transformed our faces… For more information about the podcast, go to:
01/11/211h 26m


The Talking Derry Girls are back home for Hallowe’en. They have taken over the Jenni Doherty’s Little Acorns Bookstore and broken into the very fabric and hollows of The Walls to bring you a flavour of how the Hallowe’en Festival takes over the place. In part 1 of this weekend extravaganza (it’s long, you may need a break in the middle) folks they know and don’t know drop by for a chat and chocolate. There are ghost stories as well as a dander round the streets to find out what’s happening.. we’ll also be back tomorrow night - if we’re spared!  DERRY HALLOWEEN LITTLE ACORNS BOOKSTORE DAVE DUGGAN - KEN MCCORMACK NORTH WEST CARNIVAL INITIATIVE (They normally deliver the Hallowe’en parade) WALTER DE BURGH,_1st_Earl_of_Ulster IN YOUR SPACE CIRCUS THE CHOCOLATE MANOR MADELINE MCCULLY FASHION AND TEXTILE DESIGN CENTRE For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
31/10/211h 46m

Episode 25: The Fountain with Jeanette Warke

Derry City Centre isn’t that big but there are parts of it Jeanie has never been to. The TDGs visit The Fountain which is right up next to THE WALLS and is historic for many reasons including being the last remaining Protestant housing estate in the City. Jeanie and Pauline meet up with Derry/Londonderry stalwart Jeanette Warke - who has been a youth and community worker there for almost 50 years. The TDGs also speculate why Derry Girls is filming in the seaside town of Portrush and at the institution that was Barry’s amusement park, bringing back happy memories for one of the TDGs - who used to try and make 50p last a whole day there. All this and we expand your vocabulary as well! There’s a also a bit of chat about chocolate and the TDG Hallowe’en ‘event’ at Little Acorns Bookstore. The Fountain - The Bogside and the Fountain - Interviews from The Fountain - Jeanette’s surprise on national TV - A bit of the story of the plays about the Fountain written by Jonathan Burgess - Portrush - Barry’s - The Cathedral Youth Club - St Columb’s Cathedral - TDGs Event is at Jenni’s Little Acorns - Chocolate heaven in Castlerock - We can’t put the lovely boy in the photo in the notes but the picture is on our social media pages…  For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:

Episode 24: The Main Event

Series 3 of Derry Girls is in production and TDG's are building up our potential. We have already performed an audition piece for Lisa McGee - who could forget our stage presence as part of the set in Tara Lynne O’Neill's Rough Girls ( Episode 23 - if you missed it…). Now we are an event! The Very Scary Talking Derry Girls are to be part of Derry's Spooktacular Hallowe’en celebrations. Hallowe’en is a huge deal in Derry but the City has a lot more to offer than oul hags and witches - even if we do love the place.  So, what can a tourist expect when they Visit Derry? This Summer the TDG's were loose once again on the streets of their beloved hometown. The City was looking glorious, the river was shimmering and the hum of varying accents was everywhere. Derry was the place to be and one man was super keen to tell us all about what Derry has to offer.  Odhran Dunne - Chief Executive of Visit Derry - tells the girls that Derry is shining and has big plans for a sparkling future. Derry Girls has brought an unexpected dynamic to tourism in the City and with Series 3 now being filmed, Derry is well and truly ready for it's close-ups.  Visit Derry - Derry Hallowe’en - Talking Derry Girls is an ‘event’ - It’s official - Little Acorns Bookstore - The Chocolate Manor - Guildhall Press - For more information about Talking Derry Girls, go to:
12/10/2147m 8s

Episode 23: Rough Girls. Ma Mary Gets Tough.

As promised in episode 18 the TDG's made it to the opening night of Tara Lynne O’Neill's Rough Girls at Belfast's Lyric Theatre.  We met up the morning after the big night before and we are all buzzing… It’s the first time the 3 of us have done an interview together… in the same room at the same time with a real live guest… we are just a teeny bit giddy.  The play revolves around the untold story of Belfast's first all female football team and even though set a hundred years ago it has parallels which continue to resonate today. The team was playing to crowds of 20,000 in 1920's Belfast and yet their story receives no mention in the official story of the Irish Football Associations (IFA) history. And they were subsequently banned by the Football Association (FA) which stopped all women from playing football from 1921. Tara Lynne decided the story needed telling and she does it with energy, hilarity, sheer joy and raw emotion - an all female cast bringing sheer class to a story that needed to be and should be told. Back of the net! For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: On RTE (in Ireland): Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK:
14/09/2147m 52s

Episode 22: Did Ye hear Mammy died? - with Séamas O’Reilly

An Irish Times number 1 best seller in it's first week of publication Séamas O’Reilly's memoir is a true Derry story. Did ye hear Mammy died? may not be the cheeriest title ever given to a book…but it is set in 90's Derry. Lisa McGee’s Derry. Derry Girls Derry. The dark humour is to the forefront in a story that is both heartbreaking and choke on your tea hilarious in the turn of a page.  The 9th of eleven children this is Séamas' story of growing up without a mother in the care of their father Joe. A Derry Da extraordinaire. This is the Derry Girls world of bomb scares wakes and priests with wonderful hair. We laughed and sobbed our way through it. Obviously TDG's needed to talk to this writer - to analyse him - interrogate him - laugh with him - comfort him and maybe even adopt him… The three of us read it on our very recent trip back to the mothership, where some of us were getting a bit too used to the home comforts! You’ll also hear about uses for nail varnish remover you would never have dreamt about! And there’s a couple of behind the scenes secrets of how we manage to get recording..  Séamas on twitter: Some of Séamas’ articles: Guardian articles: His book is available everywhere including our favourite bookshop That twitter feed from Séamas O’Reilly about his worst day at work which involved ‘the then’ President of Ireland which went viral: (remember in the words of Claire - ‘drugs are for mugs’ Amanda Burton - Nigella Lawson - (Some priests are named in the book) Bishop Edward Daly - The film Marie-Louise went to with her mother!! Breaking the Waves - Halloween in Derry - Séamas went to the same ‘big’ school as a few other writers:  Seamus Heaney - Brian Friel - Seamus Deane - For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: On RTE (in Ireland): Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK:
03/08/211h 8m

Episode 21: Derry Boy - Damian McGinty!

Whether you call it the Derry Air, The Londonderry Air or most likely Danny Boy the TDG's theme song is very dear to our hearts - so when Derry singer/songwriter actor and all round credit to his Ma Damian McGinty agreed to sing it for us we were beyond lurred. Maybe if Damian is new to your - all things Derry - radar you might want to click on the first link below and do a crash course - his recent song and video. This Old Town is a love song to Derry and will help you make sense of our chat with him.  One of the original members of music phenomenon Celtic Thunder his career started at the tender age of 14 and has taken him far beyond our "spectacular" city walls. We know all about Derry Girls but what is it like being a Derry Boy? Even if that boy beat 40,000 other entrants to gain a role in US TV phenomenon Glee. Does he reckon that Derry Girls is based on truth? and just what bombshell did he drop on our girls, to make Jeanie choke on her tea - clue it involves one of the Derry Girls cast…  Damian McGinty - This Old Town released St Patrick’s Day 2021 - New song will be released on 30th April 2021 - Damian McGinty - Facebook: Phil Coulter - Celtic Thunder - Glee - The Glee Project - The Kids from Fame - Puppy Love Damian aged 14 - Fergal Sharkey - The Late Late Show RTE - Derry City Football Club - For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: On RTE (in Ireland): Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK:
28/04/2149m 33s

Episode 20: The Forces Are With Us

The sun is shining on Derry's "spectacular" Walls and the TDG's are on the loose with their microphone soaking up the atmosphere and making new pals. Derry folk are always up for a chat and a bit of craic. A couple of brothers prove that everybody really does know everybody in Derry and remind the girls that Derry has a very rich history when it comes to overseas forces. Army, Navy and Air Forces from all over the world were based in and around Derry before, during and after WW2. Not even an all-nighter and 23 cans of stimulating liquid could make our girls experts in this field but luckily they know a man who is - Derry man Richard Doherty, a British and Irish military historian and author of around 30 books, is going to fit right in - Tell us Richard did Hitler really fancy a pied-a-terre in Derry… ? American Base - Reunion in Derry - Moville - The Craft Village - Dance halls - Up a tree in Rosemount - In Derry, basically means whereabouts unknown. Richard Doherty - Bombing at Messines Park - Derry - History of the Port - 2nd World War in Derry - Derry and the Battle of the Atlantic - Maeve Kelly; Marie-Louise’s aunt - WW2 peoples war Derry/Londonderry - Article by Richard Doherty on shirt factories - For more information about Talking Derry Girls, visit:
21/04/2155m 33s

Episode 19: The Little Shop of Wonders - with Jenni Doherty

The TDGs are now well and truly waterlogged as their visit to Derry continues. Where better to shelter from the downpour than their favourite Derry Bookshop? What wonders await them? In these brand new premises. Amongst the straining shelves they encounter Jenni Doherty - owner, curator and as Derry a girl as her Donegal roots will allow - I wonder if she's read any good books lately… Jenni’s shop for information and orders Facebook: Clive Limpkin - Battle of the Bogside (also available at Little Acorns Bookstore) Paddy Coyle - The Deceived - Lisa McGee Derry Girls Mugs Tom Hanks and his typewriter collection - For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: On RTE (in Ireland): Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK:   See for privacy and opt-out information.
14/04/2151m 24s

Episode 18: Ask yer Ma - with Tara Lynne O'Neill (aka Ma Mary Quinn)

The TDGs all love their Ma's - as well they should. But they all have a favourite surrogate Ma, the ultimate Derry Ma - none other than Ma Mary Quinn - actor Tara Lynne O'Neill. She's the first Derry Girls cast member to join Pauline, Jeanie and Marie-Louise for a chat. There was much excitement, secrets shared and long lost memories unearthed - be warned - big bowls and half loads will be discussed - as will series 3 and the much talked about film. Would Ma Mary really abandon Gerry for George Clooney? Tara Lynne O’Neill - BBC’s Eastenders - Rough Girls by Tara Lynne O’Neill - Shirley Valentine at Lyric Theatre just before first Lockdown - BBC’s Line of Duty - Ted Hastings in Line of Duty - Ted Heath - Fields of Athenry - Shirley Valentine at Lyric Theatre just before first Lockdown - The Greatest Showman; Keala Settle - BBC Sounds: Americast Talking Derry Girls make an appearance at the beginning - Emily Maitlis has been granted Derry Girl status - Jon Sopel has been allowed to put Derry Girl on his business card - Jamie Dornan - For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls Check out our Facebook...  See for privacy and opt-out information.
06/04/2156m 42s

Episode 17: Walking the Talk

Continuing their visit to Derry, Pauline, Jeanie and Marie Louise embrace the true spirit of the tourist and book themselves onto a Derry Girls walking tour of the city. They were let loose on the streets of their hometown under the ever patient eye of their tour guide Charlene McCrossan who did her very best to keep order. It was raining, a lot, and they had loads of equipment and cables to keep dry - all whilst socially distancing and trying to reign in their excitement at being back home and, more importantly, back together. What could possibly go wrong? Martin McCrossan City Tours - and the very patient Charlene Twitter: Phil Coulter - The Town I loved so well The Skellington in the coat of arms - The Fountain Estate - The Ulster Project - St Columb’s Cathedral - The Siege of Derry - The Walls - they have their own twitter account - For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: See for privacy and opt-out information.
30/03/2149m 20s

Episode 16 - Richard Moore

The latest addition to Derry's wall art is a mural of the Dalai Lama pictured with the man he calls the Derry Lama - local man Richard Moore. Richard's story is so incredible that as they say in Derry - you couldn't make it up. Blinded by a soldier's bullet on his way home from school aged 10, Richard has gone on to befriend and ultimately forgive the man who shot him. Almost 50 years and a whole lot of living later he declares himself a Derry Girl and joins Pauline, Jeanie and Marie Louise to talk about the ways in which that fateful day has changed him and how the Derry sense of humour has pervaded his life. Richard Moore’s podcast What About You - Children in Crossfire - Richard Moore meets the soldier who shot him - UV Arts - The Derry Lama mural - Joanna Lumley’s Home Sweet Home - Episode 2 is in Scotland and Derry. May well be on Brit Box and other streaming services as well as ITV Hub The Carlsberg Larger Adverts are really well known (just in case you are in a part of the world what they don’t exist)…. Omagh bombing - For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: On RTE (in Ireland): Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK:   See for privacy and opt-out information.
24/03/211h 11m

Episode 15 - STAYCATION 2020

In August 2020 the TDG's packed up their suncream, umbrellas, bikinis and windcheaters and headed home to Derry. It was during those heady days when it looked like the world was getting back to normal. Derry was buzzing and Pauline, Jeanie and Marie Louise took to the streets - armed with masks and microphones on some very long socially distanced poles they accosted locals and visitors alike. Some chats were planned - others not so much… First stop on the itinerary was the iconic Derry Girls mural to meet the artist responsible: Karl Porter from UV arts. At least that was the plan - Derry however had other ideas. The Bishop’s Gate Hotel - The Walls (yes, they have twitter account) - Badger’s Bar - Famine trail Derry - Visit Derry - Creators of the The Derry Girls Mural UV Arts - Martin McCrossan walking tours of Derry - Vinnie Cunningham - Seamus Heaney - John Hume - Sr Clare from the Brandywell - Opening of the new visitor centre in Derry/Londonderry - Richard Moore - Children in Crossfire and his mural - Antony Gormley (his Granda was from Derry) - The Undertones - For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls Check out our Facebook page:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
17/03/2150m 9s

Episode 14 - It’s Lisa McGee (oh yes it is!)

The one about Erin’s Diary! Guess what everyone we know is getting for Christmas this year? Once upon a time a young writer from Derry was in a foreign land, it was a strange time for a sickness had befallen the earth, but she found refuge in a church, there were no statues, stations of the cross but a table and chair and a pen and paper (or a laptop maybe with wifi and an endless supply of tea!). And she did write and behold - ERIN’S DIARY the inner thoughts, scribbles, lists and drawings were born. It’s great craic! Lisa joins the TDGs for this Christmas special where you’ll also get a few hints about what will be in series 3 (was a peek, mind). Find out who inspired Granda Joe, there’s a near fallout over the buns, and a childhood question that has plagued Lisa but only Marie-Louise can answer… The End!  Erin’s Diary - Little Acorn Books: Jenni Doherty’s shop @LittleAcornsBks - Writers Guild of Ireland ZEBBIE Awards Nov 2020 Lisa wins TV DRAMA award for Ep 6 Series 1 - The Mark Patterson Show; BBC Radio Foyle TDGs are on again on 22nd December, if we’re spared! — Gerry Anderson - John Hume - Pat Ramsay - the finder of lost things…. The story of Pantomime (because someone in USA asked us..) - For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: On RTE (in Ireland): Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK:   See for privacy and opt-out information.
16/12/2055m 8s

Episode 13: Talking Derry Girls with LISA McGEE

Derry Girls writer and creator Lisa McGee joins the Girls and tells them why she is "obsessed" with the podcast. She describes it as "hilarious", "THE best thing" and explains why she "was annoyed that she (sic) hadn't heard it before writing Series 3". Lisa also has some suggestions about what Pauline, Jeanie and Marie Louise can cover in the podcast while we wait impatiently for Series 3. 2020 ZeBBie Awards - ‘Our Lisa’s been nominated’ (I feel we can say that now! ) Caroline Leddy - Producer Derry Girls Caroline Leddy’s husband’s uncle - Brian Friel Liz Lewin - Exec Producer Derry Girls Freaks and Geeks - Queer as Folk - Russell T Davies - Larry David - OK, this Derry Girl was actually in the audience at the Stephen Colbert show on 9th January 2020 when Larry David was the guest - The Undertones - Erin’s Diary - For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: On RTE (in Ireland): Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK: See for privacy and opt-out information.
13/10/201h 21m

Episode 12: We're All Derry Girls Now, Hi!

We're discussing: Derry Girls / Series 2 / Ep6 / 'The President' We are at the end of the beginning and President Bill Clinton is on his way to Derry. One of our three Derry Girls had an invitation to meet the man himself. One had passed the security checks to get close to him and the other was in a car park at the back of Derry's Guildhall. It's history in the making and stirs up some emotional memories and asks some probing questions. Which one of the Talking Derry Girls was in Riverdance? Which one has CIA clearance? and which one is related to Bill Clinton? (Maybe) Oh and why go to Burt when you could have gone to Muff?  Great read about the USA involvement in the peace process by Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies - Derry Journal article on President Clinton’s visit at the end of Derry Girls - Derry Journal article on President Clinton’s visit at the end of Derry Girls - Clinton’s visit to the Beech hill hotel - Secret naval base in Derry - Bill Clinton in Belfast, including the handshake with Gerry Adams - Niall O’Dowd’s article on the Clinton visit - Tip O’Neill - Oliver Cromwell in Ireland - it’s in there somewhere - great podcast (it’s episode 49) - Cliff Richard - Actors:  Paul Mallon (Dennis) - Bronagh Waugh (Cathy Maguire) - JFK’s visit to Ireland in 1963 (lots of youtube videos as well, far too many to list here) - See for privacy and opt-out information.
06/10/201h 12m

Episode 11: Ballgowns and Letdowns

We're discussing: Derry Girls / Series 2 / Ep5 / 'The Prom' Our own 3 Derry Girls delve into the murky, messy, fragile world of teenage friendship. Derry's Doctor Who connections are explored - could the Doctor be a Derry Girl? Pauline, Jeanie and Marie Louise reminisce about their own Prom dates and how nuns armed with rulers measured out a decent distance during the slow dances. As ever - many questions are asked. Are Derry people too pasty for Baywatch? Could nude sunbathing ever have taken off in Donegal and just how tight is too tight?  Jame’s Dr Who: Pauline’s Dr Who: Willie Doherty’s project with Christopher Eccleston: Willie Doherty and the Turner Prize: Jeanie’s Dr Who - David Tennant and his Derry/Londonderry connections: Pope John Paul’s visit to Ireland 1979: Dr Ian Paisley: London’s Burning: Coronation Street: Home and Away: The Bill: Peter Cunnah: Carrie: The Ceasefire 1994 chronology of events: We didn’t get the chance to give a shout out to these wonderful actors also in this...   See for privacy and opt-out information.
29/09/201h 6m

Episode 10: One Wedding and a Derry Funeral

We're discussing: Derry Girls / Series 2 / Ep4 / 'The Curse' A bit like life itself, there are more questions than answers in this week's episode. How hilarious are your scones? Pauline has a recipe and you may need a big bowl. Has anyone ever actually done Rock the Boat at an Irish wedding? (Before the Derry Girls made it a thing?) Would you know a hallion from a scallion?  Are the English really weird and how many red suits does Donna Traynor have? Marie Louise, Jeanie and Pauline ask themselves why they feel more comfortable at a wake than a wedding and just how Snow White is Marie Louise?  Father Ted - if you haven’t seen this it’s a must, get it wherever you can!  Ardal O’Hanlon - Cousin Eamon Eleanor Methven - Aunt Bridie Knee-capping in NI - Tarring and feathering - The Irish Wake - Marie-Louise’s BBC Radio 4 documentary on keening - Songs for the Dead - Nadine Coyle - Nicola Coughlan - and her audition for Derry Girls The Little Book of Derry - Dave Allen - For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: On RTE (in Ireland): Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK: See for privacy and opt-out information.
22/09/201h 2m

Episode 9: This 'n' That

We're discussing: Derry Girls / Series 2 / Ep3 / 'The Concert' Whatever we said whatever we did we probably meant it. Pauline, Jeanie and Marie-Louise come clean about their own teenage misdemeanours - some of which happened when they were old enough to know better. How far did they go to meet their heroes and would they have booed Led Zeppelin off the stage for playing their new song? The facts about the escaped polar bear are unearthed with the truth proving even more farcical than the fiction. Marie-Louise refuses to believe that BBC news presenter Donna Traynor could spread Fake News and is a line of white tape adequate protection from a potential explosion? Is it possible to get paid extra for turning up late for work and is it ever wise to ask a virtual stranger on a date? Take That. You probably deserved it.  Eddi Izzard: Daniel O’Donnell: Saturday Night Fever - starring John Travolta: The Blue Nile: Brian Kennedy: The Europa Hotel: Peter the polar bear: Wild Ireland: Rita - actor Kerri Quinn: Take That concert Belfast 1993:,tour%20was%20titled%20Pops%20Tour. Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol): Donna Traynor: For more information about the podcast, visit: See for privacy and opt-out information.
15/09/201h 1m

Episode 8: Don’t Lose the Head

We're discussing: Derry Girls / Series 2 / Ep2 / 'Ms De Bruin and the Child of Prague' Pauline, Jeanie and Marie Louise wonder if one of them could be the "Craic Killer." They discuss the history and devotion given to the "enchanting piece of religious art" that is the Child of Prague and what happens if you "Seize The Day" and nothing happens? What if the best version of yourself isn't that great and when is an accident not an accident? There are memories of teachers who truly do inspire and guide you towards that better version of yourself…Will the real Ms De Bruin please step forward. Tips for a successful date night and how not to impress the love of your life, all whilst remembering that the Christmas cupboard is sacred and that espresso comes in a "wile wee cup".  Dead Poets Society - The Usual Suspects - Seamus Heaney - Things you need to know about the Child of Prague - We mention the Glenshane Pass a lot and it occurred to me that some folks ‘Across the Water’ may not know this place…. Sex abuse scandals in Ireland in the ‘90s - Glenroe and Gabriel Byrne - The Fall - Field Day Theatre Company - A Particle of Dread - Judith Roddy (Ms De Bruin) - Brian Friel - For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: On RTE (in Ireland): Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK:
08/09/2056m 35s

Episode 7: THE Big Bowl and THE Blackboard

We're discussing: Derry Girls / Series 2 / Episode 1 / 'Across the Barricade' The gang are off on a cross community peace trip...but when it comes down to it are we really all that different? Maybe not. Pauline, Jeanie and Marie-Louise discuss the art of borrowing and how Derry band, The Undertones, owe a big debt to the late Nobel Prize Winner John Hume. They reminisce about the books by Joan Lingard whose Protestant girl/Catholic boy love stories gripped a generation of teens, 'Across the Barricades' being perhaps the best known. Is it ever OK to keep your toaster in a cupboard? Could ABBA have helped the peace process and do arms dealers have a patron Saint? THE big bowl - The messy social live of goods: inter-personal borrowing and the ambiguity of possession and ownership: Credit Union in Derry and John Hume: Michael Parkinson - broadcaster: Terry Wogan: Joan Lingard - writer: The Linenhall Library: The broadcasting ban in Northern Ireland: Paul Mallon aka Dennis from the Wee Shop: Big confession: we called Janet Taylor - Janet Turner in the episode! Aka Caoimhe Farren (actor): The blackboard in the Ulster Museum: Protestants hate Abba (they don’t): For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: See for privacy and opt-out information.

Episode 6: Life's Laundry

Winner of the Radio Times Award for TV Moment of the Year - the final episode of series 1 brings a fairground ride of emotions. Pauline, Jeanie and Marie Louise examine those things that just aren't talked about and discuss the secrets that we all keep in our search for acceptance. What was it like to be gay in 90's Derry? From dirty laundry to job interview tips and workplace training the girls build up to their own very personal reactions to that final award winning scene. Shoes of the world has actually been written in The Habit - it actually exists How to sort out your weekly wash…. just ask Pauline on our Facebook page… Gerry Anderson BBC Radio Ulster/ Radio Foyle legend - Jimmy McShane Armistad Maupin - Tales of the City Derry Gay Pride Jimmy McShane Chronicle of events in Ireland during the years of the troubles CAIN - 1998 Lost Lives book (very hard to get hold off but good to know it’s out there Children of the Troubles by Joe Duffy and Freya McClements Radio Times TV moment of the year 2018 A tribute album by various artists released after the Omagh bombing For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: On...   See for privacy and opt-out information.
28/07/201h 14m

Episode 5: Holidays and Stowaways

It's the 12th of July and the Derry Girls are leaving town. Pauline Jeanie and Marie Louise talk about the history of the 12th, being waved at by the big man off the telly and why a fortune teller had all the answers - maybe. They advise on taking the right purse and why packing a fruit cake in your hand luggage isn't recommended. They're having a whale of a time on the River Foyle, hitchhiking across the border and discussing the correct etiquette when invited to tea with paramilitaries.  The Sash: Battle of the Boyne 1690: The Orange Order: The Apprentice Boys of Derry: BBC Sounds a short history of Ireland podcast - from around omnibus 20 builds up to the history of the Orange Order; Siege of Derry and the Apprentice Boys of Derry Derry - Londonderry City of Culture 2013: Drumcree standoff 1995-2000: Different Drums - Roy Arbuckle: Rev Ian Paisley: Moby Dick - The Novel: Dick - the whale in the Foyle! Tommy Teirnan - Gerry Quinn: The Punt - currency in Ireland before the Euro.. Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) Club Biscuits: Bronagh Taggart - Nicola in Peggy’s diner: Terence Keeley - the wee ‘ra man in the boot: See for privacy and opt-out information.
21/07/2056m 17s

Episode 4: It's All A Load Of Walls

Even if some of the hosts have eight bedrooms and a chocolate fountain, one wean from Chernobyl is not impressed and Granda Joe's new ‘friend’ has started a Cold War. Pauline, Jeanie and Marie Louise talk condoms, blow-dries and the downsides to a bomb damaged bargain. Pauline discovers why it really matters whether Granda Joe bought a cream horn or a cream finger and whether the Stations of the Cross is a suitable place for a date. The Walls of Derry: Why people starved within the walls - The Siege of Derry: The Undertones: Snow - Informer (1992) - Great Irish name - Darrin Kenneth O’Brien. Well worth a read! Chernobyl Children in NI: Pump Street and cream horns… ACTOR Diona Doherty (Katya): Eurovision Song Contest - Cork 1993 - Ireland kept winning the contest which meant they had to host the next one! Ireland won 1993 so we were then treated to River Dance during the interval in 1994: Aran jumpers - they look good no matter what size you are - ignore Jeanie! East Belfast - where Wee Clive was from, a really interesting history to this place: ACTOR: Anthony Boyle (David Donnelly): Only a Woman’s heart - Eleanor McEvoy and Mary Black: This is such a great story from Frank Crummey and his boot filled with condoms: See for privacy and opt-out information.
14/07/2056m 41s

Episode 3: Weeping Statues and Wee Dead Dogs

Exam time leads to some new found religious devotions. Even the statues are moved. Or is it all a tall tale? Pauline, Jeanie and Marie Louise examine the phenomena of the "sexy priest", crushes on the older man and why burying a dog doesn't necessarily mean it's dead. There's bingo, bellies, dogsh*t, army manoeuvres and ironing. Plus the realisation that everyone's a liar. No offence! Ian McElhinney: Ian's interview with The Derry Journal: Jonathan Swift: Ballinspittle Co Cork - moving statue RTE TV report: John Hume: Father Ted: The Thorn Birds: Fleabag: Derry Journal: For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4: On RTE (in Ireland): Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK:   See for privacy and opt-out information.
08/07/2056m 3s

Episode 2: What's Yours?

What’s yours? Or maybe that should be ‘Do you want chips with that?’ Everyone gets enthusiastic about a school trip to Paris - sure their newly discovered trust funds will cover the cost - won’t they? We learn how a ban from the chip shop in ‘90s Derry was a worse fate than being tied up by masked men and how either would still be preferable to an evening with boring Uncle Colm. Pauline, Jeanie and Marie-Louise talk school assemblies, the realisation that we are not all equal and how Derry men embraced being stay at home dads, long before it was fashionable. Would you like salt and vinegar with that?  Daniel O’Donnell: Woolworths - first store in UK: Wellworths: Derry’s shirt factories: Night Hawks - RTE: Samuel Beckett: Morecambe and Wise: The Big Issue (North): Jamie Lee O’Donnell doesn’t talk about the corona stone in this interview but it’s still a crackin' read - For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls  Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4:  On RTE (in Ireland): Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK:   See for privacy and opt-out information.
30/06/2053m 45s

Episode 1: Dear Diary...

Pauline, Jeanie and Marie-Louise go back to where it all began in Episode 1: Erin wakes to find her cousin Orla reading her diary. Clare wants to be an individual. Michelle has made the connection between Derry and Pulp Fiction, Slainte Mofos. The wee English Fella is learning some harsh realities. We meet the the players from our ensemble cast and learn that picking a favourite isn’t going to be easy.  Our girls talk teenage diaries, how bombs play havoc with your suntan and the quickest route from Dennis’ wee shop to the school bus.  Discover how John Travolta could have married a Derry Girl, why matchboxes are to be feared and how one Londonderry girl nearly donned a sash at a very early age. This was most definitely not a sash her father would have worn.  Episode 1 of Lisa McGee’s Derry Girls: where it all began and new comedy gold was born.  For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls  Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4:  On RTE (in Ireland): Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK: Bronagh Gallagher: That disco dancing fella that was in Look who’s Talking: BBC Radio Foyle Breakfast Show:   See for privacy and opt-out information.
23/06/2053m 8s

Episode 0: It's a State of Mind

Meet Pauline, Marie-Louise and Jeanie! They are devoted fans of the 90s-based hit comedy, Derry Girls, set in their home city. Sharp, warm and a wee bit sweary, Derry Girls has a language and a humour that is unique…a bit like Derry itself. Each week, the three will be talking about an episode and the city they love. Whether you’re a first timer to the award winning series or a seasoned viewer, anxiously waiting for series 3 to be filmed, you are all very welcome. And remember, you don’t have to be from Derry/Londonderry or even a girl - being a Derry Girl is a state of mind! Join us next Wednesday (24 June) when we'll be chatting about Derry Girls episode 1, series 1.  For more information about the podcast, visit: Keep up to date with us on Twitter: @TBLderrygirls  Check out our Facebook page: WATCH Derry Girls on Channel 4:  On RTE (in Ireland): Series 1 & 2 available on Netflix outside UK:   See for privacy and opt-out information.
17/06/2028m 42s

COMING SOON: Talking Derry Girls

Fancy a bit of craic? Jeanie, Marie-Louise and Pauline love the Channel 4 sit-com Derry Girls. A brand new podcast - COMING SOON. Brought to you by The Big Light network.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
10/06/202m 35s
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