Hollywood star Sarah Jessica Parker has left her Donegal bolthole but has left a touching poem about her love of Ireland.
The Sex and the City star has spent the past two weeks at her holiday home in Kilcar along with husband Matthew Broderick and their children.
The celebrity couple have been coming to Donegal for many years but locals have given them their privacy.
They have been spotted in various parts of the county including Donegal Town and Ardara.
SJP even took to Instagram to post a picture of herself and her family, including son James and their seven-year-old twins Marion and Tabitha doing a one thousand piece jigsaw on a rainy afternoon.
She also posted pictures of visiting a library and having tea and brown bread.
And in her farewell Instagram post, the actress writes of all that she will miss about Donegal and Ireland.
The list includes turf fires, skylines, local Donegal tweed and the “open smiles” of locals.
However, SJP also writes about her love of Irish food including lamb cutlets, spuds and Kerrygold butter!
This is her posting.
“Farewell sultry and fickle skies
“Farewell plumes of smoke from chimneys
“Farewell ranges emitting the earthy and welcoming smell of turf
“Farewell chips and tweed and open smiles
“Farewell “marked bags”, lamb cutlets and kerrygold
“Farewell to the most perfect spuds in all the world. Flowery or waxy. I will miss you most of all.
The post has been liked by more than 82,000 of her 4.5 million followers on Instagram.
The house belongs to SJP’s husband Broderick whose family bought it many years ago.
He said he is so thankful to his parents for putting the money together to buy their Irish holiday getaway.
“My parents bought a place there when I was about eight. And my sisters and I have inherited it and I’ve taken my kids. It’s up near Killybegs and Kilcar.”
“Donegal, it’s unbelievable. It gave me a whole new childhood in a way. I grew up in New York City, I was born and raised here, so the fact that my parents managed to put the money together to get us there was a great gift to us.
“You know the landscape, the hiking but it’s also the people there that I grew up knowing. Real farmers who worked the hay in the summer and milked cows. I really, really got to know my neighbours and that just doesn’t happen in the same way here in the U.S. We just really felt welcomed there. It’s another culture, a wonderful place.”
Broderick says most locals in Donegal knew him long before he found fame through acting.
“People would say it’s special because of the sea air. I remember how deeply I would sleep there. It was so quiet, the smell of the turf fires, and the hay. I used to love helping with the hay,” he said of his childhood days in Donegal.
“Most of the people in Donegal knew me long before I was an actor. But even since then they don’t talk that much about it, which is very nice. My wife still gets it, some people’s eyes pop out of their head when she walks around but not our neighbours.”Tags: