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Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick off to Donegal to save marriage

By Maureen Coleman

Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker and her actor husband Matthew Broderick are expected to arrive in Co Donegal this weekend amid rumours that their 11-year marriage is on the rocks.

The glamourous couple — considered one of the strongest pairings in showbiz — regularly visit Kilcar in Donegal, where they own a holiday home.

But their marriage has been the subject of recent speculation after it was alleged that Broderick — star of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — had an affair with a younger woman.

It is understood that they decided to escape to their Irish bolthole with their five-year-old son James Wilkie following intense media scrutiny.

It’s reported that they are currently holidaying at their home in the Hamptons in New York as they attempt to rebuild their relationship.

It will be a particularly poignant time for Broderick when he comes to Ireland this week. Exactly 21 years ago yesterday the Hollywood star was involved in a fatal accident in Fermanagh.

Broderick, who was with his then-girlfriend, actress Jennifer Grey at the time, drove his car into another vehicle near Enniskillen, killing Margaret Doherty (63) and her daughter Anna Gallagher (30).

He later pleaded guilty to careless driving and was fined £100.

The family spend much of their free time in Donegal, where they are known by locals around Kilcar.

Broderick, whose parents own a home close to the couple, will also be hoping for some quiet time as stories of his alleged affair continue to escalate.

The star has so far refused to deny the rumours and a spokesman for the actor said: “There will be no comment.”

According to reports the star had the alleged fling while his wife was filming scenes for the Sex And The City movie in LA.

Broderick is said to have met the red-haired woman in a bar in Manhattan last November and was even seen going in to the woman's apartment with wine and flowers.

Parker so far has remained tight-lipped about the allegations but is thought to have first heard about the affair last February.

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