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ILBF documentary explores Derry City with former pupils of Thornhill College



Date Posted: June 6, 2022

The success of the hit sitcom Derry Girls has generated international interest in all that is unique about the people of Derry City. In a new Irish Language Broadcast Fund documentary Ceathrar Cailíní Dhoire, viewers follow former pupils of Thornhill College, which is the inspiration for the fictional girls’ school in the comedy. Produced by Dearcán Media, Ceathrar Cailíní Dhoire will air on Monday 13th June at 10pm on BBC Two Northern Ireland.

The past pupils fondly recall being afraid to miss out on a day’s craic at the school, the teachers that inspired them along the way, and the life-long friendships established. We hear of their fondness of trips to the Gaeltacht, their awareness of the emotionally-charged political change taking place around them, in addition to being able to vote for the first time and the historical visit of President Bill Clinton to Derry in 1995. The former pupils explore their own experiences of life at school and in the city during the 1990s and reveal how it has shaped them today.


Ar fud an domhain táthar ag cuir suime i bpobal iontach Chathair Dhoire mar gheall ar eachtraí thar a bheith greannmhar Derry Girls agus mar a léirigh siad an saol a bhí ag déagóirí sna 1990í. Is clár faisnéise nua de chuid an Chiste Craoltóireachta Gaeilge é Ceathrar Cailíní Dhoire  léirithe ag Dearcán Media do BBC Gaeilge. Insan chlár seo, leanfaimid ceathrar iardhaltaí de chuid Choláiste Chnoc na nDealg – an spreagadh a bhí taobh thiar den scoil i sraith Derry Girls. Craolfar Ceathrar Cailíní Dhoire ar BBC Two Northern Ireland Dé Luain an 13ú Meitheamh ar 10i.n.

Tá cuimhní cinn ag na hiardhaltaí ar a laethanta scoile, agus drogall ar achan duine acu lá a chailleadh ar eagla go gcaillfeadh siad amach ar an chraic. Labhraíonn siad ar chairdeas fad saoil agus ar mhúinteoirí spreagúla; a gcuid turas chun na Gaeltachta; fios acu go raibh athrú polaitíochta corrach ar na bacáin agus an próiseas síochána á fhorbairt; iad ag teacht in inmhe agus ag vótáil den chéad uair, agus cuairt Uachtarán Mheiriceá Bill Clinton ar Dhoire in 1995. Déanann siad a machnamh ar an dóigh ar mhúnlaigh na heachtraí seo a saol oibre agus a saol pearsanta.

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