Snow Patrol's McDaid tries to pay for rings on visit with Cox to Derry jeweller

A-list celebrities are well accustomed to being lavished with free gifts but watch Snow Patrol star Johnny McDaid’s valiant efforts to pay for a ring for his actress fiancée Courteney Cox in a shop in his hometown.

Snow Patrol's McDaid tries to pay for rings on visit with Cox to Derry jeweller

By Linda McGrory

Friends star Courteney Cox and her rock star fiance Johnny McDaid have been given matching rings charting the colourful and complicated history of his native Derry city.

The A-list couple received the exclusive gifts from D. Cooley Jewellers in the city after the celebrity pair dropped in during their Irish holiday.

A video clip shows the happy couple browsing a tray full of the exclusive History of Derry rings, designed and made in the local shop.

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Cox (50) is seen trying on different rings for size on her right hand as McDaid (38) approvingly looks on.

However, it's clear the gentlemanly Snow Patrol star would rather pay for the rings than get them free.

The beautiful bands range in price from €230 - €295 in gold and from €55 - €75 in silver.

They are engraved with symbols charting Derry's history - from its early monastic settlements to its famous 17th century siege, right up to its modern day civil rights movement.

Mum-of-one Cox, casually dressed in a black vest-top and long skirt, is seen happily smiling and chatting with staff as they discuss the background to the impressive rings. Meanwhile, McDaid attempts to pay for the jewellery.

"Well could I buy the rings from you?" he asked. "Please, no, please, please let me, I'd really like to," he insists.

But the jewellery shop staff won't hear of it. "No we're giving them to you," the young counter assistant insists.

The local shop is now no doubt hoping the celebrity couple will use their matching Derry rings as their future wedding bands.

"Well we are all overwhelmed today in Cooley's as Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid called in and we presented them both with our History of Derry ring," the shop told delighted Facebook followers.

Meanwhile, it's been rumoured that Cox and McDaid have been using their visit to scout for Irish wedding venues in either Derry or nearby Inishowen peninsula, Co Donegal.

Numerous selfies featuring the actress graciously posing with scores of star-struck locals have been popping up everywhere on social media since their arrival last week.

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