York Derry Girls super fan writes dissertation about hit show

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The cast of Derry Girls, which recently came to an end (Aidan Monaghan/Channel 4/PA)
The cast of Derry Girls, which recently came to an end (Aidan Monaghan/Channel 4/PA)

A YORK student and Derry Girls fan is hoping to have her university dissertation published after she wrote it about the hit sit-com.

Reiltin Doherty, originally from the Waterside in Derry, is a final year student at the University of York, studying English and Related Literature.

An avid fan of the Channel Four show, Reiltin, 21, explained that an idea to feature Derry Girls as her dissertation subject originally started out as a joke.

York Press: Reiltin Doherty, originally from the Waterside in Derry, is a final year student at the University of York, studying English and Related Literature
York Press: Reiltin Doherty, originally from the Waterside in Derry, is a final year student at the University of York, studying English and Related Literature

Reiltin Doherty, originally from the Waterside in Derry, is a final year student at the University of York, studying English and Related Literature

She said: “My dad started joking about it way back in first year that I should write my dissertation on Derry Girls, because I was a fan of the show.

“But when it actually came down to writing my proposal I thought that it was probably a good idea and I could see how it could all come together.

“So I went for it and here we are.”

York Press:
York Press:

The dissertation is titled: “Being a Derry Girl, it’s a state of mind: Humour, Teens and the Troubles in Derry Girls.”

She added: “I split the dissertation into three different chapters; one evaluating the humour, especially in the first season, around the Troubles. The second chapter looks more at those episodes that have minimal or no references to the Troubles and shows how important they are for showcasing normal life in Northern Ireland.

“The third chapter evaluates the moments which are emotional and poignant and how important they are of reminding audiences of how bad the Troubles were and how we can’t go back to that.”

She added: “I was a fan of the show from the beginning. I have watched them all.

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