If my Mum had only been the fourth, and not the fifth of ten children, then my Dear Old Mum would have been a Derry, not Donegal Girl.
Her Dad’s fingerprints remained all over the city where he had a pub and rented out houses, well into the Seventies.
Not that I need a reason to love the cult TV comedy Derry Girls but…
Hastings Hotels have launched a tour package experience, following in the footsteps of Erin, Michelle (my favourite) and the English Fella.
The menu features a cream horn, a cone of chips, the famous Derry sausage roll baps, a classic Tayto Cheese and Onion crisp sandwich and a cocktail.
Now, few are bigger fans than me of Hastings’ rubber ducks.
And Hastings has unveiled a Derry Girl duck, modelled on Michelle, as a memento for those taking part.
A duck in the lobby of the Everglades Hotel has been transformed by designer Chris Suitor into a large fibreglass artwork.
With a Derry Girls uniform, curly brown hair and hooped earrings.
The Derry Girls Tour Package, which includes an overnight stay at the Everglades Hotel, Afternoon Tea and the walking tour is from €115 per person sharing.
The package is available without the walking tour for €96 per person, while Afternoon Tea alone is €36 alone is.
For more information see www.hastings.com.
And for a taster of Hastings Hotels, here’s my take on the anchor hotel in Belfast, the Grand Central Hotel… Belfast Chilled.
And for more on Derry and Northern Ireland, see www.derry.cim and www.discovernorthernireland.com.