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Jamie Dornan recalls ’emotional’ reaction to poignant Derry Girls finale

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Northern Ireland-born actor Jamie Dornan has described how he felt emotionally at the end of Derry Girls, and quite frankly we’re referring to Jamie.

He admitted to sending series writer Lisa McGee the “soppiest text message” after watching the final episode of the hit series – which conveyed the feeling of hope in 1998 at the signing of the Belfast Accords after decades of violence captures.

When Jamie appeared at a Our Time In Space event at the Lyric Theater in Belfast to speak about integrated education, Jamie said the scenes in Derry Girls where the girls participate in cross-community programs reminded him of his school days when he made a trip to the Share Center in Co. Fermanagh.

“I identified massively with Derry Girls, I get emotional talking about the final,” he said.

“I know Lisa well, that’s about the dumbest text I’ve ever sent anyone upon finishing the finale, attempting to convey the nuanced complications of being from this part of the world at the time with such integrity and… Tackling such humor is almost impossible. I don’t know how she did it, it’s amazing and so touching.”

He said his and Lisa’s generation are now making the decisions about where to send their children to school.

Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan ‘massively identifies’ with Derry Girls (Image: PA)

“We’re in a post-conflict society and your decision-making about where you send your children to school has changed,” he said.

“The method shaped me. It was a little more Protestant then than it is now, but also had a large international community. Mixing all of these different elements together is a helpful thing to get a broader understanding of what’s at stake.

“Division never felt real, it was never on the surface. It wasn’t a thing, I feel like the Church’s influence is fading over time.’

(LR) Clare Devlin (Nicola Coughlan), Orla Mccool (Louis Clare Harland), Erin Quinn (Saoirse Monica Jackson), Michelle Mallon (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell), James Maguire (Dylan Llewellyn)

Derry Girls fans were emotional wrecks when the show ended earlier this year (Image: Peter Marley)

Whilst most Protestant pupils attend controlled schools in Northern Ireland and most Catholic children attend state schools, both sectors insist that they are not exclusive to any particular faith and have increasingly diverse approaches.

Currently around 7% of school children in Northern Ireland attend an officially designated integrated school.

Following the success of Derry Girls, Lisa was nominated for city liberty for bringing “joy and civic pride” into her home.

Lisa McGee

Writer Lisa McGee has been recognized by her city for how she makes it on the map (Picture: Getty)

The hit comedy series put Londonderry on the map and built a fan base in several countries around the world, recognized by SDLP Council Member Martin Reilly.

The honor is given, for example, by a local council to either an individual (civilian) or a military unit in recognition of their outstanding service to the city.

Elsewhere at the event, Fifty Shades actor Jamie spoke about local politics, which he called “junk” and politicians “archaic” in the way they “talk in the same sentences, they’ve been talking about for 50 years”. – a situation aggravated by Brexit.

“These are not the conversations we should be having. It’s ultimately really damaging,” he commented, adding that Brexit has “challenged so many uncomfortable truths for people” as they identify.

Derry Girls is available to catch up with All4.

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