Snow Patrol star tries to pay for
by Linda McGrory
FRIENDS star Courteney Cox and her rock star fiance
Johnny McDaid have been given matching rings
charting the colourful and complicated history of
his native Derry city.
The A-list couple received the exclusive gifts from
D. Cooley Jewellers in the city after the celebrity
pair dropped in during their Irish holiday.
A video clip posted on the jewellers' Facebook page
showed the happy couple browsing a tray full of the
shop's exclusive History of Derry rings, designed by
the local shop.
Cox (50) is seen trying on different rings for size
on her right hand as McDaid (38) approvingly looks
However, it's clear that the gentlemanly Snow Patrol
star would rather pay for the rings rather than get
A-LIST celebrities are well
accustomed to being lavished with free gifts but Snow Patrol star Johnny McDaid
efforts to pay for a ring for his superstar fiancée
Courteney Cox in a shop in his hometown of Derry.
The beautiful bands
range in price from £230 - £295stg in gold and from
£55 - £75stg in silver.
They are engraved with symbols charting Derry's
history - from its early monastic settlements to its
famous 17th century siege, right up to its modern
day civil rights movement.
Mum-of-one Cox, casually dressed in a black vest-top
and white skinny jeans, is seen happily smiling and chatting
with staff as they discuss the background to the
impressive rings. Meanwhile, McDaid attempts to pay
for the jewellery.
"Well could I buy the rings from you?" he asked.
"Please, no, please, please let me, I'd really like
to," he insists.
But the jewellery shop staff won't hear of it. "No
we're giving them to you," the young counter
The local shop is now no doubt hoping the celebrity
couple will use their matching Derry rings as their
future wedding bands.
"Well we are all overwhelmed today in Cooley's as
Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid called in and we
presented them both with our History of Derry ring,"
the shop told delighted Facebook followers.
Meanwhile, it's been rumoured that Cox and McDaid
have been using their visit to scout for Irish
wedding venues in either Derry or nearby Inishowen
peninsula, Co Donegal. They visited Shrove beach
near Greencastle and also called in to the beautiful
Red Door restaurant, Fahan.
Numerous selfies featuring the actress graciously
posing with scores of star-struck locals have been
popping up everywhere on social media since their
arrival last week.