When is Derry Girls set? Historical events covered in TV show

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Derry Girls will return after the Season 3 finale for a bonus episode focusing on the Good Friday Agreement

Set in Derry, Northern Ireland, Derry Girls follows the story of five friends as they struggle through life in the 1990s.

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The show takes place at the end of a period of unrest known as the Troubles and follows the subsequent Path to Peace covering the IRA’s 1994 ceasefire, President Bill Clinton’s visit and the Good Friday Agreement.

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But are the events in Derry Girls based on real life? Here’s everything you need to know.

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When will Derry Girls be discontinued?

Derry Girls is set in the city of Derry, Northern Ireland, in the 1990s.

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Set against the backdrop of the Troubles, it’s a coming-of-age story that follows five teenagers as they make their way through the final years of the Northern Ireland conflict.

The first season takes place in 1994, the year of the first IRA ceasefire.

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The second season takes place in 1995 and the third season spans two years: 1996 and 1997.

There will also be a special bonus episode called Agreement, set in 1998 and covering the signing of the Good Friday Agreement that cemented peace in Northern Ireland.

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What historical events does Derry Girls cover?

Derry Girls covers many historical events that took place in Northern Ireland in the 1990s (Image: Peter Marley/ Channel 4)

Derry Girls is set in Northern Ireland in the 1990s.

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This was a time of both political turmoil and the road to peace, and the comedy series covers both equally: from the Omagh bomb to the IRA ceasefire of 1994.

Here are some historical events in Derry Girls:

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President Bill Clinton’s visit to Derry

US President Bill Clinton waves to the crowd after his speech in Guildhall Square in Derry (Image: Getty Images)

President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary visited Northern Ireland in 1995.

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On November 30, 1995, he delivered a message of hope to the people of Derry in the city’s Guildhall Square.

The event, seen in the season 2 finale, sees Grandpa Joe (Ian McElhinney) dying to get a glimpse of him and Sister Michael (Siobhan McSweeney) enraging her students by refusing to teach them to give the day off.

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As portrayed in the Season 2 finale, the crowds in Derry chanted, “We want Bill.”

Addressing the crowd, President Clinton said, “Daily life has become more mundane, but this will never be an ordinary city!”

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The first season covers the Chernobyl disaster.

The 1986 nuclear accident in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, claimed 31 lives and left 1,000 square miles of uninhabitable land around the power plant due to radiation.

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The episode features a student exchange program where Chernobyl-affected students were able to visit Derry and live with students.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams announces IRA ceasefire in 1994 (Image: Getty Images)

The 1994 IRA ceasefire is covered in the second season.

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The IRA marked the first of its two ceasefires on August 31, 1994 as a commitment to restoring peace.

It was the first time in almost three decades of unrest that there had been a ceasefire.

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The episode chronicles the joy of Derry residents when Erin’s family sees the report on TV, only to go outside to see everyone celebrating.

Derry Girls will cover the Good Friday Deal in their bonus episode, which will air after the Season 3 finale.

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The Good Friday Agreement marked the start of the peace process in Northern Ireland.

Signed by the British and Irish governments and political parties in Northern Ireland, it outlined how Northern Ireland should be governed.

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The aim of the agreement was to create a power-sharing executive so that both unionist and nationalist communities would be represented equally.

Although not directly credited as the Omagh bombing that took place in 1998, the season one finale ended on a serious note, covering a car bomb.

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The Omagh bomb was carried out by the Real IRA in 1998 in response to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

A total of 29 people died on a busy day of shopping in the town of County Tyrone.

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Of the bombing, Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee told the Radio Times: ‘There were a lot of everyday things that were funny, but occasionally there was something big like Omagh that the whole nation said, ‘This just has to change’.

“I wasn’t basing anything on any specific incident, but it was just something of that magnitude.”

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