“Tedfest” – The Father Ted Festival: Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

The Father Ted festival pays homage to the classic TV comedy series Father Ted. The show starred a predominantly Irish cast which focused on misadventures of three priests and their housekeeper living on Craggy Island — a remote isle off the coast of Ireland.  

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The show was critically acclaimed, receiving multiple BAFTA awards, and remains a popular sitcom in Britain and Ireland. It also featured Cork native Graham Norton, host of the hugely popular Friday night chat show, The Graham Norton Show.

This annual event takes place in the actual locations from the series around Lisdoonvarna County Clare over the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Participants dress up as characters from the show, mainly people of the clergy, to celebrate everything, Father Ted. The festival celebrates rural Ireland and its idiosyncrasies where excellent “craic” is had by all.

 

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“To Ted!!” Some women savouring the atmosphere at Tedfest

 

Craggy Island Parochial House was where the characters lived but in actuality, the interior was not used for filming and the house is part of an organic farm and the home to the McCormack family.

For those who cannot make the festival a picture outside Craggy Island Parochial House is a must and in fact due to popular demand Cheryl and Patrick McCormack and family offer afternoon tea by appointment only. They provide a welcoming informal and relaxed atmosphere in their family home but you also get to experience some of the iconic father ted moments and create your own father ted memories.

 

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A woman poses outside “Craggy Island Parochial House”, her sign referring to the priest’s housekeeper, Mrs. Doyle

Michael Dorgan

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