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Learning with curiosity: The adults who are returning to the class room

An episode of comedy Derry Girls saw Ma Mary open up about her education dreams. Arlene Harris speaks to two adults who returned to the classroom

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Derry Girls’ Ma Mary (Tara Lynne O’Neill) surprised everyone when she admitted she’d been taking night classes in English Literature

Derry Girls’ Ma Mary (Tara Lynne O’Neill) surprised everyone when she admitted she’d been taking night classes in English Literature

Derry Girls’ Ma Mary (Tara Lynne O’Neill) surprised everyone when she admitted she’d been taking night classes in English Literature

While the teenage stars of Derry Girls want nothing more than to leave school and get on with their lives, Ma Mary (played by Tara Lynne O’Neill) shocked them all when instead of harbouring a guilty secret about an illicit affair, as they had thought, she was in fact attending night classes in English literature.

The permanently harassed mother, revealed that she had kept her academic pursuits quiet as she didn’t believe it possible that she could go back to school, claiming the mere idea of her attending university was impossible.


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