Talking Derry Girls
About Talking Derry Girls
Fancy a bit of craic?! Jeanie, Marie-Louise and Pauline love the Channel 4 sit-com, Derry Girls, based in their home city. We thought it would be fun to rewatch the series, and chat about each episode in detail. You don’t have to be from Derry or even a girl. Being a Derry Girl is a state of mind. Come on in!
Not all the Talking Derry Girls listeners are aware that Pauline, Marie-Louise and Jeanie have appeared in Derry Girls. They try not to talk about it …much! They attended the funeral of Sean Devlin (Clare's Da ). Now the Dust to Dust and Ashes to Ashes have settled, the tears have dried and Clare has run off after some rich Lord in Bridgerton, the TDGs thought maybe it was safe to talk about their starring roles again. David Ireland was summoned , we're not sure if Carlos Santini brought him from beyond the grave, but he was coming through loud and clear. He talks about acting in Derry Girls, gives budding actors some audition tips and tells how his writing for stage and now screen has maybe eclipsed his love for performing. Buckle up and put hot drinks aside, snorting hot beverages is a major possibility while listening to this one… David Ireland aka Sean Devlin (Clare’s Da) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Ireland_(playwright) https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0409854/ David Ireland’s routine (he got Jeanie’d on this one) https://www.irishnews.com/lifestyle/health/2023/09/21/news/playwright_david_ireland_i_ve_had_to_learn_to_forgive_and_be_forgiven_rebuild_bridges_and_move_on-3613997/ Cyprus Avenue - play be David Ireland. (on soon in Glasgow) https://www.paviliontheatre.co.uk/shows/cyprus-avenue/ It might be available as a screener! https://royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/cyprus-avenue-film/ Liz Lewin (exec producer Derry Girls and commissioned The Lovers by David Ireland. https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/client/liz-lewin Kevin McAleer (retiring) https://www.rte.ie/entertainment/2024/0212/1431811-kevin-mcaleer-to-retire-from-stand-up-after-40-years/ The Lovers - David Ireland Sky https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lovers_(2023_TV_series) Johnny Flynn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Flynn https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1926865/ Roisin Gallagher https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roisin_Gallagher https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3481069/ So I said Yes - play by David Ireland. Paul Mallon aka Dennis is in this.. we’ve talked about it before on the podcast and how it shocked Marie-Louise. https://irishplayography.com/play?playid=33493 Ulster American - play by David Ireland. https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2023/nov/27/woody-harrelson-andy-serkis-louisa-harland-ulster-american-bobby-sands-derry-girls Woody Harrelson’s film - Lost in London; Louisa Harland https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_in_London The Fifth Step - play by David Ireland. https://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/events/the-fifth-step Renegade Nell -https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14502758/ Derry Girls Exhibition extended for another year -https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/derry-girls-experience-museum-exhibit-28615827 Episodes referenced from Talking Derry Girls Podcast Ep 1 - Dear Diary Ep 40 - The Reunion Ep 41 - Halloween
Back in November ‘23 the TDGs chatted with award winning photographic artist Deirdre Brennan. (Ep.88). Deirdre was working on her latest piece “Looking for Brigid” in honour of Ireland's female patron Saint Brigid. Deirdre set up her camera in Derry's Playhouse and welcomed Brigids, Bridies, Brids and all variations thereof to tell their stories and pose . Did she find Brigid? Was she a Saint or a Goddess? Or maybe that ethereal celestial creature …a Derry Girl. The TDG’s are back and they are channelling their inner Brigid. NOTES: Deirdre Brennan - https://deirdrebrennan.ie/ https://www.instagram.com/deirdre_brennan_photographer/p/C2kHm3JMoY2/ Looking for Brigid - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-67213788 https://www.museum.ie/en-IE/News/St-Brigids-Day https://www.instagram.com/deirdre_brennan_photographer/p/C2kHm3JMoY2/ https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2024/feb/05/saint-patrick-beer-brewing-brigid-ale-ireland Talking Derry Girls episodes: https://podfollow.com/1518036400 Ep56 - All about St Brigid and the campaign to have a public holiday on 1st Feb in Ireland. Ep88 - Deirdre Brennan tells us about her photography project to capture modern day Brigids.
When 3 becomes 2: Pauline and Jeanie are left feeling a bit like Take That after “Robie” left. Marie-Louise is sick and the girls are left pondering on past glories, or should that be, stories? A three year old advent calendar provides inspiration as well as some timely festive advice. What is the perfect sausage roll recipe? How to deal with a real life Uncle Colm and do not, whatever you do, take a Christmas pudding through airport security. Marie - Louise reminisces about how she was once in a panto trio with Lisa McGee and Nadine Coyle and the girls discuss how they are getting David Ireland (aka Clare's Da) for Christmas. Cue the sleighbells. NOTES: Indecent Proposal https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indecent_Proposal Ulster American - https://www.whatsonstage.com/news/ulster-american-review-woody-harrelson-andy-serkis-and-louisa-harland-lead-a-five-star-revival_1558307/ NOTES ON TALKING DERRY GIRLS CLIPS.. 1/ EP14 - It’s Lisa McGee (oh yes it is) TDGs Christmas special Dec 2020 2/ EP1 - DEAR DIARY - Bronagh Gallagher (The Commitment) 3/ EP3 - WEEPING STATUES & WEE DEAD DOGS - Exam prep TDGs style! 4/ EP9 - THIS ’N THAT - the fake news polar bear. 5/ EP9 - THIS ’N THAT - The Blue Nile concert with a ‘date’. 6/ EP9 - THIS ’N THAT - Brian Kennedy 7/ EP3 - WEEPING STATUES & WEE DEAD DOGS - The Wee Dog part 1 (you have to listen to complete episode for Part 2 of the story. 8/ EP5 - HOLIDAYS & STOWAWAYS - The Christmas Cake and security. 9/ EP? - MYSTERY CLIP - we can’t remember for the life of us which TDGs episode this was in! 10/ EP4 - IT’S A LOAD OF WALLS - Marie-Louise in Cork 11/ EP8 - DON’T LOSE THE HEAD - The child of Prague 12/ EP11 - BALLGOWNS AND LETDOWNS - nude sunbathing in Donegal 13/ EP12 - WE’RE ALL DERRY GIRLS NOW, HI - Marie-Louise, her Dad and the President of USA 14/ EP 12 - WE’RE ALL DERRY GIRLS NOW, HI - filming the Clinton scene 15/ EP2 - WHAT’S YOURS? - Colm at Christmas wwww.thebiglight.com/talkingderrygirls
We are “in the mouth of Christmas” as they say in Derry, and the Talking Derry Girls still aren't convinced by the festive cheer. Jeanie worries that she peaked too soon and Marie-Louise is afraid that too much time around Pauline has turned her inner Grinch outward. Does anyone ever actually drink mulled wine? In what can only be described as an ambush, Marie-Louise and Jeanie meet up with some very well travelled listeners. Erik and Greta have spread the word of our podcast as far afield as Vietnam…. After all that they deserved to be treated better than this! The visitors embrace the full on Derry experience, with the longest of goodbyes, an introduction to everybody knows everybody and some helpful guidance on the best selfie spot for the Derry Girls Mural. There is much to discuss, from the cultural nuances of the Podcast to the comforting voices of the hosts. But first can the ‘E’ for explicit rating - we sometimes merit - be due in any small way to Marie-Louise's fluffy Muff… NOTES: Radio Foyle - Derry’s Yanks https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001tr8y Ferry Clever - https://ferryclever.co.uk/ Bishopsgate Hotel - https://www.bishopsgatehotelderry.com/ Visit Derry - https://www.visitderry.com/ Everglades Hotel - https://www.evergladeshotelderry.com/dining/afternoon-tea/ Charlene McCrossan and Derry City Tours - https://www.derrycitytours.com/ References to previous episodes. (Go and have a listen if you haven’t already) Ep 45 - There really is NO Tape Ep 46 - For the Tape - Ma Mary
Are the Talking Derry Girls ready to spread some Christmas joy? Maybe a chat with Charlene can get their jingles jangling. A lot has happened since we last chatted with the UK's youngest ‘Blue Badge’ accredited tour guide. She has been spreading the Derry word around the world and tourism in the City has continued to grow from strength to strength. Not sure where Charlene stands on gratuitous use of sleigh bells but the TDG's need all the help they can get to conjure up their festive sparkle. Is if even Christmas if you aren't wrestling pine needles out of your nethers? Ho Ho Ho release those bells… NOTES: Charlene McCrossan: Derry Walking Tours https://www.derrycitytours.com/ Walter the Skeleton on the City’s coat of arms https://voicemap.me/tour/derry-londonderry/derrie-danders-a-walk-through-the-walled-city-s-dark-and-haunted-history/sites/tower-museum-magazine-gate-finish EP15 - Staycation; going way back to August 2020 when we first met Charlene and did a walk round as pretend tourists in the rain! City of Derry International choir festival film of Derry Girls Big Sing https://derrychoirfest.com/ Liam Neeson auditioning to be Santa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqG621-drmk
The Talking Derry Girls knew there was no way to beat Lisa McGee's latest exceptional win, but that didn't stop them heading to Dublin for the Irish Podcast Awards. Double nominees, the girls had a title to defend, Arts and Culture Gold Award winners of 2022, plus they were also nominated in the Best Interview category. Sparkles were donned, eyeliner was winged AND smudged as the Talking Derry Girls took over a posh hotel rest room, emerging resplendent in their red carpet ready tee shirts. The great and the wonderful of the Irish Podcast world were waiting for a night of glamour that would end in a waterlogged motorway truckstop toilet. That’s showbiz … NOTES Derry Girls series 3 wins Internation Emmy in NYC - https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/tv/lisa-mcgees-reaction-derry-girls-28144059 The Irish Podcast Awards - https://www.theirishpodcastawards.ie/results-2023 The Cine Mile - Best Arts and Culture Podcast 2023 https://podfollow.com/1110145052 The Troubles - Best History Podcast 2023 AND Best overall podcast 2023 (Oisin Feeney) https://podfollow.com/1500971966 Where is my Mind - Best interview podcast 2023 with Niall Breslin https://podfollow.com/1654047988
“A teenage dream’s so hard to beat" …” Lyrics from “Teenage Kicks”, the punk anthem from Derry’s own The Undertones. 45 years after the release of the song, the band has been immortalised on a wall overlooking THE historic City walls. Who better to create the new artwork than the man behind the Derry Girls mural, Karl Porter from UV Arts? The Talking Derry Girls caught up with Karl beside the new mural. He explains how the artwork was created and tells the girls that they really need to talk to the solicitors who commissioned the tribute. Greg McCartney explains his thinking and how the mural has been dedicated to well known local punk Micky Griffiths. 45 years may be a long time to wait for the Derry Boys’ tribute but maybe the band’s sell out gigs in Derry, Belfast and Dublin this weekend could explain why they are worthy subjects. What do bemused international tourists make of it all …? Notes Series 3 - Derry Girls nominated for an International Emmy Award - https://northernirelandscreen.co.uk/news/lisa-mcgees-derry-girls-nominated-for-international-emmy-award/. (Spoiler They won! As you’ll hear in Ep92) Undertones - https://www.theundertones.com/ https://www.last.fm/music/The+Undertones/+wiki John Peel - https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/oct/26/artsnewstemporary.media John Peel’s grave https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:John_Peel%27s_grave,_Great_Finborough,_Suffolk_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1162596.jpg Larry Doherty Journal Derry -https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-31725059 Micky Griffiths - https://www.derryjournal.com/news/mickey-griffiths-a-life-less-ordinary-1326596 Karl Porter UV arts - https://www.facebook.com/uvartscic who created the Undertones Mural as well as the now world famous Derry Girls Mural. Derry based Photographer, James Whorriskey - https://www.facebook.com/JWPics/ Storyteller of the street - https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=storytellerofthestreet (and great friend of the TDGs podcast).
It is, unfortunately, not that often that the Talking Derry Girls find themselves on home soil together. Even then getting the three of them in the same place can prove to be an epic task. This visit Pauline and Jeanie went rogue on the Streets searching out some “old friends" of the Podcast. Christopher Ferry was first in their sights this week, his Derry Girls competition runs until mid December and it’s a belter. We promise not to sulk if we don’t win. On a more serious note Pauline caught up with Morgan Young from the Downpatrick and County Down Railway Museum. Their site and exhibits have been hit by catastrophic flooding and they are in desperate need of assistance both physical and financial. Any help at all could help get the Derry Girls train back on the tracks. Extra Extra, Blue Lights Extras. No spoilers here but Jeanie and Pauline were ready for their close-ups and Declan Lawn kept his word and they received “THE” call. Nothing else can be revealed - there really was “no tape” and anyway they are having too much fun keeping Marie-Louise in the dark about their adventure. Cue the music and fade to black… Notes: Ralph McTell -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_McTell Blue Lights -https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14466018/ Ep 66 and 67 of TDGs Christopher Ferry -https://ferryclever.co.uk/ Derry Girls train (which we visited in Ep78 of TDGs) has been badly damaged by floods along with all the other stock at Downpatrick & County Down Railway https://www.downrail.co.uk/flood/ https://www.downrail.co.uk/get-involved/become-a-member/ https://www.downrail.co.uk/donate/
Derry Born and based, the formidable documentary filmmaker tells the Talking Derry Girls about her latest film. Currently showing at selected cinemas across the UK and Ireland, "Stolen" captures the anguish, anger and the horrors surrounding Ireland’s Mother and Baby Institutions. A true Derry Girl Margo has a back catalogue of work which carries social injustice, particularly the rights of women, at its core. The scandal that surrounded these "homes'' which has only come to light in recent years has sent ripples and shockwaves around the world. Babies separated from their mothers and sent for adoption, trafficked and sold into servitude. The unimaginable cruelty has been the subject of a Government enquiry with much of the horror still left untold or recognised. In one mother's words "She took him off me, turned her back and walked away" is just one of the babies taken for adoption without his mother's consent. Just one of thousands of stories which may never be told. "Stolen" gives a voice to some of those lost children and their mothers. Pregnancy in Catholic Ireland was the theme of Margo's 1990 film "Hush a Bye Baby". Set in 1980's Derry it showed the harsh realities of teenage pregnancy. How a baby conceived in the innocence of young love was feared more than a cancer diagnosis. The film itself has glimpses of what we all grew to know and love in "Derry Girls", though as she readily admits herself "not as many laughs". Margo's priest is very reminiscent of Father Peter…but then Father Peter is very like a lot of priests… Margo has a tale or two to tell about how Sinead O'Connor came to appear in the film - "there wasn't a lot of call for bald headed schoolgirls in Derry at the time". There is also the secret to the perfect sausage roll and did they dare ask about clitoris allsorts… Margo Harkin Besom Productions Aosdana Hush a bye Baby (1990) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102080/ Stolen (2023) review in Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/film/2023/nov/01/stolen-review-chilling-account-of-irelands-mother-and-baby-homes-horror Derry Film and Video workshop Field Day Theatre Company Brian Friel Fear of Gods - Derry band, Jim Curran who worked with Margo Harkin suggested a young up and coming singer/songwriter to do the music for Margo’s film Hush a bye Baby. (1989) https://fanningsessions.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/fear-of-gods/ Bronagh Gallagher - The Commitment from the Finale of Derry Girls. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronagh_Gallagher We also had a chat about Bronagh who turned up at Marie-Louise’s Mother’s doorstep as a child wanting to learn how to be an actor! Ep 1 Talking Derry Girls Ann Lovett's death came just four months after the outcome of a divisive abortion referendum in which a two-thirds majority voted to enshrine the right to life of the unborn in the constitution, creating confusion over where that left the rights of the mother. Jan 31 1984 co Longford https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/ann-lovett-death-of-a-strong-kick-ass-girl-1.3429792 Abortion referendum in Ireland 1983 https://theconversation.com/abortion-the-story-of-suffering-and-death-behind-irelands-ban-and-subsequent-legalization-182812 The Mother and Baby Institution in Tuam https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jun/25/a-stain-on-irelands-conscience-tuam-home-for-unmarried-mothers-gives-up-grimmest-of-buried-secrets The Letter Mural picture from Derry of the past photos - https://www.facebook.com/Derryofthepast/photos/a.1092753894109334/5386390808078933/?paipv=0&eav=Afbe0HaamyxHIv1xDEx5JNoU6dnOs8AsfsU8YN1DflmReU8wUC_EEqRsSMzlFXPMyus&_rdr Poems referred to for both Stolen and Hush a Bye Baby https://www.doirepress.com/writers/annemarie-ni-churreain https://allpoetry.com/poem/11030643-Limbo-by-Seamus-Heaney https://www.brinkerhoffpoetry.org/poems/cherishing-for-beginners
Award winning photographic artist Deirdre Brennan is on the look out for interesting Brigids. She tells the Talking Derry Girls how and why her latest project came about and how any would be subjects can get in touch. She is in Derry this week and has a spot or two still available. The artist is no stranger to the City having created an audio visual exhibition in Derry which marked the 51st Anniversay of Bloody Sunday. Her portraits of the Bloody Sunday families were exhibited in Derry's Playhouse and were warmly received. An accompanying podcast - My Bloody Sunday was created Deirdre says ," almost by accident". It is a moving, personal, vibrant account of the day and its aftermath. It’s an important, historic piece. All Bridgets, Bridies, Brids, Biddys and all other variations thereof who are ready for their close ups Deirdre's details are in the notes below. Smiling not essential. NOTES If your name is Brigid, Bridget, Brid, Bridey or any other spelling and you want to contact Deirdre about being photographed and you are in Derry email her at email@example.com Our Guest - Deirdre Brennan - https://deirdrebrennan.com/ Looking for Bridget - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-67213788 Barry Connolly https://plexa.ie/ https://www.derryplayhouse.co.uk/ Is the name Brigid making a come back? https://www.irishtimes.com/ireland/2023/01/30/whats-in-a-name-why-are-girls-not-called-brigid-any-more/?fbclid=IwAR0INC7ATCdvr4lYYWe4h5YIvheNgMFSDY44f_YWoO7uf4xfVJUtxswMxls Bad Bridget - book https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/446640/bad-bridget-by-mccormick-elaine-farrell-and-leanne/9781844885817 Bad Bridget exhibition at Ulster American Folk Park - https://www.ulsteramericanfolkpark.org/whats-on/bad-bridget My Bloody Sunday Podcast https://audioboom.com/channels/5097606-my-bloody-sunday Bloody Sunday Trust https://museumoffreederry.org/bloody-sunday-trust/ Archive information on Bloody Sunday https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/events/bsunday/sum.htm Talking Derry Girls Episode 56 - Happy St Brigid’s Day (It was the first one ever in 2022) Next year marks the 1500th anniversary of her death. Dr Niamh Wycherley - https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/people/niamh-wycherley?page=4 Couple of articles by Niamh on St Brigid https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/research/spotlight-research/boss-brigit https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2023/0123/1349669-st-brigid-kildare-ireland-evidence-identity/ Saint Brigid - https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/st-brigid-ireland
From Seamus Heaney to Fat Boy Slim, via the Cranberries, and Michelle Mallon inspiration, Shauna Bray. There was something in the Derry air last week and Talking Derry Girl’s Marie-Louise was in the thick of it. Discovering the truth about Derry Time, proving that Derry really is a City of singers and, yes, we really are all Derry Girls who know all the lyrics to “Dreams” by The Cranberries. Prepare to have your spine tingled. In true Ma Mary fashion M-L packs her mother, two daughters and a big clock for her Seamus Heaney outside broadcast - and in true Heaney style "hope and history" did indeed "rhyme" in Derry last weekend as Fat Boy Slim made the Derry Girls' dreams come true by finally…and for real this time…playing to a sold out Derry crowd. Lisa McGee's school chum, bestie and keeper of secrets - OK so the last bit may not be entirely true - Shauna Bray takes us from selfie etiquette Derry style all the way to a Vegas guest list via a blow up Aiden Turner …buckle up for the Derry Girl who makes her alter ego Michelle look very understated. Notes: City of Derry International Choir Festival - The Big Sing at Guildhall Square -https://www.facebook.com/derrygirlsfan/videos/717955317047815 Seamus Heaney HomePlace https://seamusheaneyhome.com/ Culture Cafe with Marie-Louise on BBC Radio Ulster/Radio Foyle/BBC Sounds available for 30 days from 22nd October: live from Seamus Heaney HomePlace https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001rqjd Fat Boy Slim in Derry https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-67191704 The Cranberries - Dreams lyrics https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=The+Cranberries+Dreams+Lyrics&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 BBC Antiques Roadshow in Derry -https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b006mj2y/antiques-roadshow It’s also available in USA on PBS but called Antiques Roadshow UK. Also available in other countries if you have a search. BBC Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip -https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001rklp/celebrity-antiques-road-trip-series-12-3-ian-mcelhinney-v-tara-lynne-oneill Ways to find BBC programmes worldwide https://www.screenbinge.com/uk/channels/bbc-iplayer/watch-celebrity-antiques-road-trip-series12-outside-uk-on-bbc-iplayer/ Derry Journal article on President Clinton’s visit at the end of Derry Girls -https://www.derryjournal.com/news/will-never-be-ordinary-city-clinton-derry-1995-985673 President Bill Clinton’s speech at the Guildhall Square on his visit which brings us full circle back to Seamus Heaney who he quotes in the speech 30th November 1995 https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/events/peace/docs/pres2.htm
Marie-Louise finds her true self and Jeanie discovers that the only member of her family to embrace their family identity is Charlie the dog. Meanwhile Pauline confesses to telling people that Marie-Louise is a girl to marry. 3 years since their first chat with "Derry Girls" creator Lisa McGee the girls are nostalgic about that memorable encounter..wonder if Lisa still prefers a cream finger to a cream horn? Jeanie has reignited her David Beckham flame, Pauline claims only to have binge watched his 4 part Netflix documentary "Beckham" for the Spice Girls footage and Marie-Louise is prepping for a special broadcast from the Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy Co Derry to commemorate Book Week NI and the 10th anniversary of the Nobel Laureate’s death. Anyone who has heard the Radio 4 broadcast of Loose Ends will know that "Blue Lights" writers and creators Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson were guests. Marie-Louise co hosted - Declan has said that the girls could be extras, wonder if he remembers? NOTES Marie-Louise co-hosting Loose Ends on BBC Radio 4 - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001rgqz (available for 30 days) Clive Anderson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Anderson Blue Lights https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14466018/ Belfast International Arts Festival -https://belfastinternationalartsfestival.com/2023-festival/ Take That podcast coming soon -https://www.globalplayer.com/podcasts/42Kvn2/ Beckham on Netflix https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Beckham Soweto Gospel Choir -https://www.sowetogospelchoir.com/ Rogue Agent https://www.rogueagentfilm.com/ James Norton -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Norton_(actor) Robert Freegard -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Hendy-Freegard Marie-Louise’s Culture Cafe on BBC Sounds https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001rqjd Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy, Co Derry https://seamusheaneyhome.com/ https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/1995/heaney/facts/ Bellaghy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellaghy Glenn Patterson https://www.glennpatterson.com/page4 The Letters of Seamus Heaney https://www.faber.co.uk/product/9780571341085-the-letters-of-seamus-heaney/ Four Sides of Seamus Heaney BBC Radio Sounds - 4 part series https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/series/m001pt1p (available for over a year) Spice Girls https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spice_Girls (As featured in Series 3 of Derry Girls Ep1 - The Affair) City of Derry International Choir Festival (mass sing along to Dreams on 19th October) - https://derrychoirfest.com/ Vote for us (and get all your friends to vote for us as well) for listeners choice in the Irish Podcast Awards - you have to vote before Thursday 19th October (remember to do the email bit at the end to make it count) https://www.theirishpodcastawards.ie/#listenerschoice Earlier TDGs episodes we refer to in Ep86 Ep 9 - This ’n That Ep 13 - The first time we talked to Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee Ep 66 - Blue Lights Ep 67 - Take a Beat with Declan Lawn (co-writer of Blue Lights)
This week the Talking Derry Girls are discussing when life imitates art. Who knew when Lisa McGee dreamt of Fat Boy Slim coming to Derry for a gig that a mere 25 or so "timeline years" later the gig would not only happen - but sell out in seconds? No incidents of queue jumping or violence recorded. A “Derry Girls” theme also takes over the City of Derry International Choir Festival with a mass singalong taking place in the Guildhall square. Following on from previous years when “Teenage Kicks” and “The Town I loved So Well” were the songs of choice this year's song is the Derry Girls' theme, “Dreams” by the Cranberries. Marie-Louise will be there to introduce it. We challenge her not to sing… Meanwhile Pauline reveals an interest in Northern Ireland public transport timetables - Uncle Colm would be impressed - though it's all thanks to new N I based film “Ballywalter”. The girls wonder if Marie-Louise’s co hosting of BBC Radio 4's “Loose Ends” could help with their bid to be extras on “Blue Lights” - currently filming in Northern Ireland - writer Declan Lawn is a guest…watch this space. Culture Cafe with Marie-Louise BBC Radio Ulster/Radio Foyle 8th October 2023 https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001r7kc Liz Weir - Storyteller https://www.lizweir.org/ Fatboy Slim in Derry (it’s now sold out) https://www.derryjournal.com/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/jika-jika-announces-fatboy-slim-gig-4359994 DerryChoirFest and DerryGirls big sing https://derrychoirfest.com/ Ballywater (film) https://www.screendaily.com/reviews/ballywalter-review/5176257.article Patrick Kielty https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Kielty Seána Kerslake https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seána_Kerslake Ulster American -https://riversidestudios.co.uk/see-and-do/ulster-american-announcement-89161/ Loose Ends - BBC Radio Four 14th October https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001rgqz London Irish https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Irish_(TV_series) Available on Channel 4 and Amazon Prime (both UK and USA) The Lovers https://www.sky.com/watch/the-lovers https://g.co/kgs/47MUju David Ireland actor and playwright -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Ireland_(playwright) https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0409854/ https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/23358175.david-ireland-shocking-new-play-cyprus-avenue-tron-theatre/ Roisin Gallagher https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3481069/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roisin_Gallagher Johnny Flynn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Flynn Conleth Hill https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conleth_Hill London Irish https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Irish_(TV_series) Available on Channel 4 and Amazon Prime and on DVD (both UK and USA) Feargal Sharkey and water pollution https://www.derryjournal.com/news/environment/feargal-sharkey-to-discuss-mobuoy-dump-lough-neagh-and-water-pollution-with-eamonn-mccann-at-think-left-4350577?fbclid=IwAR1YganzIj6IAs0Ab2_beBdxNKWUjAeb5b-UyXbaYx5RZrRf4DxD80vt53A Feargal Sharkey on Leading podcast with Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart https://uk-podcasts.co.uk/podcast/leading/27-feargal-sharkey-teenage-kicks-bobby-sands-and-s NI Designer who has dressed Siobhan McSweeney; Tara Lynne O’Neill and The Edge from U2 for their gig in Las Vegas! https://www.eadach.com/designer https://uktheatre.org/uk-theatre-awards-2023/?fbclid=IwAR2Ma4leYeGIOVRVKhCfsNnsjbh6OvsrtB62kC6p_zVUwGXFFL8OikqqJ7M
Ten years after Lisa McGee's "London Irish" premiered on Channel 4 the Talking Derry Girls decided to take a closer look. Their binge watch raised some interesting questions - like when did you first video call and should Louis Walsh have been decommissioned as part of the Good Friday Agreement? We recommend watching the series yourself - mainly because it's class but also it might just help you understand some of the many trajectories this weeks episode goes off in. Not least, another recent binge watch, David Ireland's "The Lovers". Throw in a bit of "Riverdance", ask whether "Derry Girls" was really a Channel 4 pity project, pitch for "Derry Girls The Musical" and you may just need a little lie down after… or have a drink! London Irish - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Irish_(TV_series) Available on Channel 4 and Amazon Prime (both UK and USA) Art (Peter) Campion aka Fr Peter talking about London Irish https://www.channel4.com/press/news/peter-campion-interview#:~:text=Packy%20is%20short%20for%20Patrick,it's%20a%20nickname%20for%20Patrick Sinaed Keenan - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin%C3%A9ad_Keenan Aidan Turner https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aidan_Turner What’s Funny about Derry Girls BBC Sounds (BBC Radio 4) https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001qtms?partner=uk.co.bbc&origin=share-mobile Louis Walsh https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Walsh Angela Scanlon (BBC Strictly come dancing) https://www.radiotimes.com/tv/entertainment/angela-scanlon-strictly-come-dancing-2023-contestant/ Les Dennis (BBC Strictly Come Dancing) https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-12589211/Strictlys-Les-Dennis-clashed-Nancy-Xu-scenes-pair-faled-gel-eliminated.html David Ireland actor and playwright - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Ireland_(playwright) https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0409854/ https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/23358175.david-ireland-shocking-new-play-cyprus-avenue-tron-theatre/ Roisin Gallagher https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3481069/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roisin_Gallagher Johnny Flynn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Flynn Conleth Hill https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conleth_Hill The Lovers - https://www.sky.com/watch/the-lovers https://g.co/kgs/47MUju Marie-Louise’s BBC Radio Ulster programme Culture Cafe - Riverdance https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001qt3v (Watch out for chat with Roisin Gallagher on Culture Cafe on Sunday 8th October. Bill Whelan - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Whelan https://www.lilliputpress.ie/product/the-road-to-riverdance-bill-whelan https://seamusheaneyhome.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873637564 (Bill Whelan at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy 14th October) Paul Mallon - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2546951/ https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0016gpt (Paul Mallon is in this brilliant series and is recording second series now) The first time Riverdance was ever performed on RTE in 1994. (Nearly 30 not 25 years ago!!) https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=River+dance&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:6366c0a5,vid:w0v_pu6miJ8,st:0 Terry Wogan talking about Riverdance https://riverdance.com/blog/2016/02/01/riverdance-on-terry-wogans-ireland/ Damian McGinty - singer and actor from Derry who was in Glee TDGs talked to him in Ep21 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damian_McGinty
Ever modest the Talking Derry Girls don't often talk about their Irish Podcast Award…pause for Sister Michael - "What you actually want me to read this" - Anyhoo, the girls won the inaugural award in 2022 claiming Gold for best Arts and Culture Podcast. This week they were in Derry attending a conference in the Guildhall marking 10 years since the "LegenDerry" City of Culture 2013. "Cracking the Cultural Code" raised some interesting questions - not least should the TDGs be allowed access to alcohol on recording days. NOTES: IRISH PODCAST AWARDS - DON’T FORGET TO VOTE FOR US IN THE LISTENERS AWARD https://www.theirishpodcastawards.ie/ Vote for us here in the Irish Podcast Awards https://www.theirishpodcastawards.ie/voting 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF DERRY-LONDONDERRY being the first UK City of Culture https://www.derryjournal.com/news/people/council-holding-conference-to-celebrate-10th-anniversary-of-derry-city-of-culture-4337269 Marie-Louise writing about UK City of Culture back in 2010! https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/artsextra/2010/01/i-was-up-in-my.shtml Sir Phil Redmond https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Redmond Stage Beyond - https://www.stagebeyond.com/ Playhouse Derry https://www.derryplayhouse.co.uk/
"In the early morning the shirt factory horn Called the women from Creggan, The Moor and The Bog" It is not only in Phil Coulter songs that the women of Derry played such an important role. This week the TDGs hear more about life in and out of the factories. Lessons learnt, skills taught and confidences shared. Is there a difference between a rinser and a washer? Just how important was a headscarf or a handbag. Did/do the women always agree? Listen out for the horn. NOTES: Friends of the Factories https://www.friendsofthefactories.com/ Shirts, Singers and Sewing exhibition in now housed at the Fashion & Textile Design Centre in Shipquay Street in Derry City centre. https://towermuseumcollections.com/shirtssingersandsewing/ BBC Radio Ulster - Stories in Sound, Factory Girls https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0008nmp Shirt Factory Heritage Walking Tour https://www.derriedanders.co.uk/tour/shirt-factory-heritage-walking-tour Friends of the Factories - plaques initiative https://www.friendsofthefactories.com/gallery-1 Local Women Magazine - https://localwomenmagazine.com/ Shirt Factory Heritage Walking Tour https://www.derriedanders.co.uk/tour/shirt-factory-heritage-walking-tour Friends of the Factories - plaques initiative https://www.friendsofthefactories.com/gallery-1 The Friends of the Factory Workers scheme was the winner of the Women’s History Network Community History Prize in 2021. https://womenshistorynetwork.org/womens-history-network-2021-community-history-prize-winners-friends-of-the-factories/ Derry’s factory girls: A window into the adult world https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-49740625.amp Plaques at St Columb’s Hall to commemorate visits by Emmeline Pankhust, Eleanor Marx and Margaret Cousins - https://www.derrynow.com/news/news/630815/plaques-unveiled-at-st-columb-s-hall-in-derry-to-commemorate-historic-visits.html Derry Girls and Rock and Roll https://www.derryjournal.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/13-photographs-of-factory-girls-and-rock-n-roll-at-the-millennium-forum-4030642 Willie Deery - https://www.derrynow.com/news/arts---entertainment/1018082/a-derry-play-with-a-difference-factory-girls-and-rock-n-roll.html Shirts, Singer and Sewing exhibition snippets of interviews with factory girls carried out by Naomi Petropoulos originalderrygirls.com Fashion and Textile Centre https://www.fashionanddesignhub.com/ Derry Eurovision song winner Dana - https://www.irishnews.com/arts/2023/04/27/news/dana_talks_eurovision_saint_patrick_and_politics-3235966/ Tinney’s Bar - The Shirt Factory cocktail bar - https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/new-shirt-factory-bar-derry-21405998. TDGs SHIRT TALES - PART 1 EP62 Pauline chats with Yvonne Norris and Naomi Petropoulos. Who are experts on the story of Derry’s shirt factories it’s a great introduction to a vital story in Derry’s history. Lots of info in the notes for this episode. TDGs SHIRT TALES - PART2 EP81 Jeanie and Pauline talk to Mary White and Clare Moore who were factory girls in Derry. They have both been active in making sure the factory girls are never forgotten. TDGs EP20 - The Forces are with us - we find out about the overseas forces who were based in Derry during and after WW2.
The missing tales. 3 years in the making Pauline finally comes clean to Jeanie and Marie-Louise as to exactly why this episode has taken so long to finish. For the tape and yes there was a tape, Pauline and Jeanie met with Factory Girls Mary White and Clare Moore back in the Summer of 2020. Since then the TDGs have talked about Derry's shirtmaking history and the legacy it has left in the town. Episode 62 Shirt Tales Part 1 takes a deeper dive into the factual history of the shirt making industry in the City. This episode Shirt Tales Part 2 is a much more human story of the factory girls, their lives, loves, hopes, dreams and the serious craic that was had in and out of the workplace. Buckle up, these women worked hard, played harder and kept food on the table for many a Derry family. Often the only wage earner in a household the young girls thought nothing of handing over an unopened wage packet at the end of the week to be given back a small allowance from the contents. Mary and Clare reminisce about the pride they had to be wage earners and the camaraderie they shared with the generations of women employed in the factories. Every word resonates with a shared lived experience that makes you realise that ‘Derry Girls’ has these women right at the centre of its heart, soul and craic. Notes: Factories Girls artwork - https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/derrys-factory-girls-sculpture-moves-27359087?fbclid=IwAR3eYR0-lrZW_petqwSQDxnQjgAjbsETfuDcZ0zSgwXWL1aCaPBIrWVdcj8 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-49740625 Friday 28th July Derry Journal https://www.derryjournal.com/news/environment/factory-girls-public-artwork-on-course-for-completion-in-spring-2024-4236039?fbclid=IwAR13jVUO57efqaVRgOGRBpfu4moqY0CfRvwtxHi9IHr5aczpbWX9TPceyZM Could be Tillie and Hendersons or Ebrington factory horn. https://twitter.com/AodhanRob/status/1250864238211616768 Women inspired walk in Derry - Derry Danders https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/new-derry-walking-tour-shines-26399896 Article by Naomi Petropoulos https://deindustrialization.org/honouring-the-original-derry-girls-the-resurgence-of-the-commemoration-and-celebration-of-shirt-making-in-derry-northern-ireland/ Friends of the Factories https://www.friendsofthefactories.com/ https://twitter.com/FOTF21 Derry’s Dance Halls of Romance - Willie Deery https://www.amazon.co.uk/Derrys-Dancehalls-Romance-Willie-Deery/dp/1906271410 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Springtown-Camp-Inside-Willie-Deery/dp/1906271305 http://springtowncamp.com/willie-deery/280.html The Town I loved so well - written and performed by Phil Coulter (from a few years ago) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAqOC5iJ5o8 TDGs EP62 - Shirt Tales (Part 1) - Pauline chats with Yvonne Norris and Naomi Petropoulos. Who are experts on the story of Derry’s shirt factories it’s a great introduction to a vital story in Derry’s history. Lots of info in the notes for this episode. TDGs EP20 - The Forces are with us - we find out about the overseas forces who were based in Derry during and after WW2.
The news is out there. A brand new comedy thriller from Lisa McGee has been commissioned by Channel 4. Lisa is so relieved to finally be able to talk about her new project that she invited Pauline from the TDGs into her Edinburgh Hotel room. It's the day after the news was broken and Lisa is buzzing to tell us more. But just how much is she willing and able to share? For the tape you - you really don't want to miss this extra special bonus episode. NOTES: Lisa’s new TV comedy thriller announcement https://www.channel4.com/press/news/channel-4-announces-lisa-mcgees-brand-new-comedy-thriller-how-get-heaven-belfast Derry Girls Experience https://www.visitderry.com/things-to-do/the-derry-girls-experience-p844151 https://www.facebook.com/towermuseum/?locale=en_GB HOPE bracelets https://www.childrenincrossfire.org/shop/derry-girls-hope-bracelet/ Blue Lights https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/film-tv/set-pictures-from-series-2-of-bbcs-blue-lights-reveal-possible-new-recruits/a1511634790.html
The all new comedy thriller from Derry Girls creator and all round sound woman Lisa McGee. The TDGs discuss the breaking news of Channel 4's newly commissioned show and how all Derry people already know that the best way to reach Heaven from Belfast is to drive north over the Glenshane mountain pass. So many questions for this new mystery drama but mainly…when the hell can we see it? Whodunit? Wheredunit? And was it even "dun"? Lisa has answered some of the questions with "it's not so much a whodunit as a what the hell happened…" Casting is yet to be announced but a trio of leading actors will investigate. In Lisa's words "I cannot wait to share these flawed funny women with everyone" Management for the trio of TDGs are unavailable for comment and all rumour of botox, fillers and sunbed sessions at Tropicana are in no way indicative of urgent preparations for imminent close up shots… Pauline is however on a train in true Jessica Fletcher mode to investigate further. NOTES : The Big News from Lisa McGee - https://www.channel4.com/press/news/channel-4-announces-lisa-mcgees-brand-new-comedy-thriller-how-get-heaven-belfast Siobhan McSweeney’s BAFTA dress raffle on twitter - https://twitter.com/siobhni Link to enter the fundraiser for Marymount University Hospital & Hospice in Cork - https://www.idonate.ie/raffle/SiobhanMcSweeneyBAFTADressRaffle Visit Derry Competition to come to the City for Halloween - https://www.visitderry.com/whats-on/derry-halloween/derry-halloween-competition Where there’s a will there’s a wake with Kathy Burke - look for the episode with Siobhan McSweeney August 8th https://podfollow.com/1654059310 TDGs Ep 59 - the time we drove over the Glenshane pass with no fuel in the car! We also talked to some of the cast of Derry Girls before it all went horribly wrong - almost! Blue Lights nomination - don’t forget to vote. https://twitter.com/declawn?lang=en DATA BREACH PSNI - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-66578582
Jeanie and Pauline take a road trip to see the ‘actual’ Derry Girls Train - series3 Ep3 Stranger on a Train. Also covered in Ep38 of TDGs Podcast! It’s a long way from Derry to Downpatrick, Marie-Louise wasn’t there she would have talked on the drive! Morgan Young is one of 40 volunteers from all over Ireland, at the Downpatrick and County Down Railway where all sorts of trains live and get restored. It’s a charity and relies on visitors, events and donations to keep going. Morgan was in charge of all the railway side of things in the filming of this episode. He spills the beans on some of the highlights and challenges.. and that’s before we even get to the KitKats or the wee station which also featured prominently in the episode. There’s lots of trips through the Summer season at #Downrail including a ride on THE TRAIN so check out the notes for all the links.. All on Board!! NOTES: Check out all the Summer events at the website and Facebook (they have a great FB page - give it a follow. Downpatrick and County Down Railway - https://www.downrail.co.uk/event/summer/?fbclid=IwAR1B5wLzPyZsKcrrIKZYnoj3960Haxqz05UmjMZW13BcpRWh5LqGbGPCEhM Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/downrail Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/downrail/?hl=en Series 3 EP 3 - Stranger on a Train https://www.imdb.com/title/tt17982346/ Places used in filming - Downpatrick and County Down Railway, Downpartrick Loop Platform, Whitehead Station - near Carrickfergus. #DerryGirlsExperience https://www.visitderry.com/things-to-do/the-derry-girls-experience-p844151 Home of Derry Girls Experience Tower Museum - https://towermuseumcollections.com/ Discover Northern Ireland - https://discovernorthernireland.com/ Also check out Ep 38 of #TalkingDerryGirls where we discussed Ep3 Stranger on a Train.