She would be the first woman to receive the honour (Picture: Getty/Channel 4)
The creator of Derry Girls has been proposed for freedom of the city following the show’s massive success.
Lisa McGee wrote the hit comedy series which has put Londonderry on the map and established a fanbase in several countries around the world.
SDLP councillor Martin Reilly said he proposed Ms McGee for ‘bringing joy and civic pride to her home city.’
The honour is given by a local council, for example, to either a person (civilian) or military unit, in recognition of their exceptional service to the City.
Ms McGee would be the first woman to receive the honour if it is agreed by Derry City and Strabane Council.
The proposal is set to come before councillors at a meeting on Thursday, June 30.
Lisa McGee created Derry Girls, which aired from 2018 until 2022 (Picture: Getty)
Responding on Twitter, Ms McGee expressed her delight: ‘What an absolute honour to be the first woman nominated. I’m thrilled to even be considered. Fingers crossed,’ she tweeted.
Mr Reilly said it would be fitting for Ms McGee to be the first woman to receive the honour.
‘Lisa McGee has brought so much joy and civic pride to our city and district through her writing and this work has undoubtedly put Derry and its people on a global stage,’ he said.
‘Netflix has taken this to a global audience and this exposure for our city and district has boosted tourism and inspired those who live here – young and old.
‘The fact that Lisa is the first female to be nominated for the Freedom of the City in our city is truly a historic and special occasion.’
Derry Girls aired its final episode last month, leaving viewers in tears (Picture: Channel 4)
He added that ‘through her work people have seen the warmth and charm of our city and the sense of friendship, families pulling together and dealing with adversity – all delivered through various strong female viewpoints.’
‘She has created through her writing such a sense of civic pride and strong state of mind of what being from Derry means.’
He added that he’s ‘delighted to put her forward as the first Derry Girl recipient of the highest honour that the council can bestow.’
Derry Girls aired its final episode on Channel 4 last month, leaving viewers in tears as they bid goodbye to their favourite characters.
Starring Nicola Coughlan, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Lousia Harland, and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, Derry Girls aired for three series, starting in January 2018.
Ahead of the finale, creator Ms McGee was hopeful that viewers would ‘love it as much as I do.’
‘Derry people aren’t great at saying goodbye so I will instead use one of our native expressions “That’s us away now”, Love Lisa McGee, always a Derry Girl’, she shared.
Derry Girls is available for catch-up on All 4.
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