Channel 4’s Derry Girls wrapped up last night with poignant reference to Omagh bombings, a scene that has been praised by viewers and even moved fans to tears.
**WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS**
The episode saw Clare coming out as gay and the girls joining Orla onstage at the school talent show - unaware that news of a bombing was just breaking.
The scene, which was heartbreakingly to the soundtrack of Dolores O'Riordan’s Dreams, saw the girls on-stage as Erin’s family watched in horror as the news of the bombings were reported on television at home.
Galway actress Nicola Coughlan, who plays Clare Devlin, tweeted this photo of the cast during their final days of shooting.
“I’m bawling, I’m so proud to be a part of this show I can’t explain, so overwhelmed, thank you all so, so much,” she captioned the photo.
Viewers immediately took to Twitter to praise the series and how they portrayed the events of the 1998 Omagh bombing.
Many moved to tears.
It’s only when you see that ending of #DerryGirls and remember those years that you are reminded just how important it is that no border ever is reinstated on this island. We never can go back. Never.— Philip Nolan (@philipnolan1) February 8, 2018
I think the end of #DerryGirls brilliantly summed up growing up in the 90s, it was all normal to us, we just had fun and it was up to the adults to worry about the troubles.— Ciara Nic Sheáin (@Ciara87C) February 8, 2018
My word! Poignant end to Derry Girls. Reminder of the real 1990's. Great programme. #DerryGirls— Frank Mitchell (@frank_broadcast) February 8, 2018
Everyday innocence of youth vs the everyday horror of conflict, set to the sound of The Cranberries.
That was the perfect way to end the best TV comedy series since Father Ted. #DerryGirls— James Gordon (@jamesgordon89) February 8, 2018
Well that’s the way to end a series. So brilliant, so moving. Congratulations to everyone involved #DerryGirls— Richard Osman (@richardosman) February 8, 2018
Hats off to the writer of #derrygirls that final scene perfectly captured the sickening horror of when the violence of the troubles crashed into normal life in NI. Really hammered home why we must do all we can to protect our fragile peace.— Danny Donnelly (@DannyDonnelly1) February 8, 2018
Was keeping it together until Joe put his hand on Gerry's shoulder #DerryGirls— Kitty Gallagher (@KittyLovesDucks) February 8, 2018
#derrygirls fantastically poignant season finale. Juxtaposition of the happy & traumatic realities of 90s in NI in final scene felt very familiar and very real. Very emotive.! Went from laughing to familiar plunging feeling in my chest v quickly. What an end to the season! 👏🏼— Damian Rooney (@DrDRooney) February 8, 2018
The talent show/bombing juxtaposition on #DerryGirls is one of the best bits of tv I've seen for so long. More of this stuff please!— Beth Price (@beth_cp1) February 8, 2018
Very powerful ending to tonight’s #DerryGirls, with the reference to the unfolding events following the 1998 Omagh bombing.
Just showing that behind the youthful innocent laughs in school, our country of Northern Ireland was in complete and utter turmoil.— Richard Mckee (@mckee1690) February 8, 2018