THE STARS of beloved comedy Derry Girls are preparing to bid farewell to the show after it was confirmed to be coming to an end after the next series.
Series creator Lisa McGee, herself a Derry native, broke hearts across Ireland and beyond yesterday when she confirmed that the brilliant show would end next year after "one last adventure".
McGee had always hinted that the show would go on only for three seasons, and the creator hasn't put a foot wrong with the series thus far, but fans were understandably heartbroken by the news-- and it is a given that the stars of Derry Girls themselves will also find it hard saying goodbye to their characters.
Nicola Coughlan, who plays Clare, shared McGee's heartfelt message and captioned it with five green heart emojis-- possibly to represent Clare, Michelle, Erin, James and Orla.
On Instagram, Jamie Lee O'Donnell, who plays the wildcard Michelle, shared McGee's post and added several more hearts.
And Siobhán McSweeney, who plays fan favourite Sister Michael wrote-- in pure Sister Michael fashion-- "There we are now. What a ride it has been alright.
"We had no idea it would go like this. Thank you all."
She thanked in particular "the people of Derry and Northern Ireland", adding "be warned, series 3 is a cracker."
There we are now. What ride it has been alright. We had no idea it would go like this. Thank you all. Especially to the people of Derry and Northern Ireland. And be warned, series 3 is a cracker. Dusting off the habit and sending 🥋 out to be dry cleaned. #DerryGirls #SrMichael https://t.co/7uxwS88kDV
— Siobhán McSweeney (@siobhni) September 23, 2021
In her heartfelt goodbye to the series, Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee yesterday wrote "It was always the plan to say goodbye after three series", and the show will end after "one last adventure".
"Derry Girls is a coming of age story; following five ridiculous teenagers as they slowly... very slowly... start to become adults while around them the place they call home starts to change too and Northern Ireland enters a new more hopeful phase-- which was a small, magical window of time.
"Derry Girls is a love letter to the place I come from and the people who shaped me. It has been an honour to write it ans I will be forever proud of everything it's achieved.
She added: "Who knows if Erin, Clare, Orla, Michelle and James will return in some other guise someday, but for now this is it for us and we're excited to start filming this series with our incredible cast and crew to hopefully take our loyal fans on one last adventure."
Suddenly, waiting just a little longer for the newest season doesn't seem so bad.