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St Joseph's Grammar School Donaghmore pupils become Derry Girls for a day

Pupils from St Joseph's Donaghmore in Tyrone who will appear as extras in the next series of Derry Girls, along with cast members
Nadia Breen

Pupils from Tyrone will appear as extras in the next series of the Channel 4's hit show Derry Girls.

Forty three students and three teachers from St Joseph's Grammar School in Donaghmore were invited to try out their acting skills on set in Belfast.

The lucky girls donned the uniform of the fictitious school of the series, Our Lady Immaculate College.

A donation of £5,000 was made by the company towards the school's sister charity, the Cairde Brogan Foundation.

The foundation is named after a past staff member and provides financial support along with building careers skills and opportunities for the pupils of St Joseph's.

Principal Geraldine Donnelly said: "Many of the students involved are drama, music and technology students who enjoyed having the opportunity to have a behind the scenes experience of on-set filming and production.

"The girls were absolutely thrilled to have been involved. The programme has iconic status now that Netflix has bought the series for the US market and the pupils felt so privileged to have had the opportunity to play a part in the second series."

The pupils' acting role will be aired in Spring when the second series of Derry Girls is due to be released.

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