Derry Girls display polls visitors on relevance of Good Friday Agreement 25 years on

A mock polling booth at the new Derry Girls taster exhibition in the Visit Derry centre. The full exhibition dedicated to the Channel 4 comedy will open at the Tower Museum in July. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Paul Ainsworth

DERRY Girls fans are being asked to have their say on the relevance of the Good Friday Agreement 25 years after it was signed, as part of a new exhibition dedicated to the hit sitcom.

Characters from the Channel 4 comedy were seen voting in the 1998 referendum in the final season which was screened last year, and an upcoming exhibition in Derry will feature costumes and props from the series, including the electoral identity cards used by characters including Orla McCool, played by Louisa Harland.

A new exhibition dedicated to Derry Girls is opening at the Tower Museum in July, while a taste of the displays was revealed this week at the Visit Derry centre in the city's Waterloo Place.

Among the items including the diary belonging to Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson) is a replica of the polling booths from the 1998 referendum, with voting slips asking visitors 'Do you feel 25 years later that the outcome of the Good Friday Agreement is still relevant today?'

The items have been donated by Hat Trick Productions, which brought the Lisa McGee-written show to screens.

Derry City and Strabane District Council's head of culture, Aeidin McCarter, previously said the new Tower Museum display will be a "an exciting high quality, original, immersive visitor experience completely unique to this city".

She told councillors earlier this year: "The project will highlight the social impact of the Derry Girls phenomenon, the roots of its setting against the backdrop of 1990s culture, the Troubles and of course the Peace process, all captured with great humour and poignancy in the show."

Plans are also underway for a Derry Girls Trail for fans, which will bring visitors to spots across the city linked with the series.

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