Derry Girls star shows beauty of NI with new digital theatre project

  • Tourism Ireland has partnered with the Abbey Theatre in Dublin for a new digital theatre experience called Dear Ireland.

    The initiative brings together the voices of 50 writers and 50 actors in a collection of ‘theatrical postcards’ from across the island of Ireland.

    Tourism Ireland is creating three short films with some of the actors and writers involved in the Dear Ireland project – including Derry Girls stars Nicola Coughlan and Siobhán McSweeney, and author, activist and teacher, Sinéad Burke.

    Nicola Coughlan has featured in the series’ second film, in which she speaks about her love for Derry and her Galway roots.

    Top attractions like the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, the Peace Bridge, the Guildhall, the iconic Derry Girls mural, as well the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square in Galway are included.

    To view the film, click here or watch it below. 

    Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland said the film “allows us to keep the beauty of Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland to the fore and to showcase our authentic home-grown talent around the world.”

    He continued: “While we may not be able to travel just now, this film will inspire people for their future visit – reminding viewers, including our ‘culturally curious’ audience, of our wonderful theatre culture, our stunning scenery and the sense of pride that makes the island of Ireland such a special place to visit.”

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    In the film, Nicola says: “People know me as a Derry girl but, in reality, I'm a Galway girl. I think Galway is great craic and I think it's an incredibly artistic city too – it's so colourful and so rich. Derry is such a friendly city, it's really vibrant, it's about the people there and it's such a wonderful place to go and to visit. It's quite mad to think now there's a 30ft mural featuring my face. I think you come to Ireland and it's such a small place but there's so much to see and experience and do.”

    The series of short films is being shared with Tourism Ireland’s millions of fans and followers on its social platforms.

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