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Father Ted Festival Hits ‘Real’ Craggy Island

Monday, February 26th, 2007 at 10:14 by Howard Spencer-Mosley

The small island of Inis Mor, off the west coast of Ireland, will play host to the first ever Father Ted festival this weekend. The island, with a population of only 850, will be invaded by hundreds of priest, nuns and lecherous old drunks. It’ll be a bit like Hull (except for the priests and nuns).

The island, which could be described as “craggy” is the perfect setting to pay homage to the channel 4 sitcom and it’s star Dermot Morgan who died just before the transmission of the final series nine years ago. The show, which is set in a parochial house on a remote Irish island, has become a worldwide success with DVD sales into the millions. Hundreds of fans are expected, all dressed as their favourite characters.

The decision to hold “Tedfest” on Inis Mor was not easily made, with the neighbouring island of Inis Oirr (which could be described as ‘rugged’) also claiming “Ted-rights”. Apparently an all priest five-a-side football match was held to determine the location, with “Mor” winning the “Craggy Cup”. They probably got a “shit hot” Italian priest in to bolster the side, you know, the kind that only needs two nuns to help him out of a chair.

Such a decision was important as the “real” Craggy island existed only in a TV studio in London with exteriors filmed on the mainland in County Clare.

Events at the festival will include “Buckeroo Speed-dating”, “A Song for Europe”, and of course, “The Lovely Girls Contest”.

I’m sure they’ll all have lovely bottoms.

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