"John was actually with me in Liverpool attending my younger son's graduation," explained Pauline. "So Aine, my oldest daughter, brought Courteney on ahead and took her down to Shrove, which is her favourite beach in Donegal."
Courteney and Johnny were introduced by their mutual friend Ed Sheeran
Retired art teacher Pauline added that Alabama-born Courteney fitted right in to the Derry lifestyle.
"She wanted to do normal things like go up the town and do her shopping," she said. "She even picked up some Derry phrases when she was here. And with her being an actress, she can do the best Derry accent."
Courtney's daughter Coco, whom Pauline described as a "wee pet", also enjoyed her trip to Ireland.
"We were all out playing hide-and-go-seek when the weather was so beautiful and she just loved it," said Pauline. "She loves photo bombing any photographs, if you look closely, Coco's there somewhere!"