Derry Girls’ writer Lisa McGee is the first woman to be nominated for the Freedom of the Derry City


Writer Lisa McGee is well used to making history, with her hit show Derry Girls becoming the most watched show in Northern Ireland since records began in 2002.

And now she done it one again, making history as the first woman to be nominated for the Freedom of the Derry City.

SDLP Councillor Martin Reilly will nominate the writer for the prestigious honour next week, and if she is selected, Lisa will become the first women to receive Freedom of the City.

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Speaking to the Derry Journal ahead of the nomination on Thursday, Martin explained why he believed Lisa deserves the honour.

Saying; “Lisa McGee has brought so much joy and civic pride to our city and district through her writing and this work has undoubtedly put Derry and its people on a global stage.”

“Right from the first episode of the first series, the adventures of the Channel 4 ‘Derry Girls’ school teenagers and their experiences growing up against the background of the Troubles, as society moved towards the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, captivated audiences and resonated with people from all walks of life who lived through those difficult decades and informed a new generation of what life was like here in the 1990s”

Continuing on to explain why the show was so important for the city, he cited it’s global fan base.

Sharing; “Netflix has taken this to a global audience and this exposure for our city and district has boosted tourism and inspired those who live here – young and old.”

“Derry Girls was the most watched series in Northern Ireland since modern records began in 2002 with Lisa injecting humour and poignancy as she re-told her own experiences living and studying in this city.”



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