‘My mind is blown’ – Derry Girls star reacts as giant mural in Derry is completed
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‘My mind is blown’ – Derry Girls star reacts as giant mural in Derry is completed

WORK ON a giant mural featuring the stars of the hit Northern Ireland-set comedy series Derry Girls has been completed.

Part of Channel 4’s marketing campaign for the second series of the show, which is due to air later this year, the 10-foot-high painting features all five central characters.

Murals are commonplace across Northern Ireland and often provide powerful reminders of the regions political and religious divisions.

The “You Are Now Entering Free Derry” mural serves as a focal point in Lisa McGee’s hit comedy series and there are no qualms about incorporating a new mural of the show into the local scenery.

Derry Girls has won widespread praise for its depiction of life in the region at the time of the troubles.

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More importantly, its central message about laughing in the face of adversity chimes with the feelings of many during what was a difficult time for Northern Ireland.

And after several weeks of planning and careful painting, work on the mural has now been completed with Nicola Coughlan, who stars in the series, taking to Twitter to showcase the results.

A vivid depiction of Derry Girls’ central protagonists, the distinctive image features all those familiar characters from that ‘wee English fella’ James (Dylan Llewellyn) and fan favourite Michelle (Jamie Lee O’Donnell).

It also includes Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Orla (Louisa Harland) and, of course, Clare (Coughlan) and truly is a sight to behold.

Coughlan has regularly updated fans on the mural’s progress via social media and has not shied away from expressing her astonishment at seeing as 10ft version of herself brought to life in vivid colour.

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At various points the budding Irish actress has branded the experience “surreal” later adding that her “mind is blown” by what has been created.

The second series of Derry Girls will be broadcast in March.