Lovers of the 1990s comedy series, Father Ted, will be happy to hear that Tedfest will return in March. The festival, on Inis Mór, in the Aran Island, is the mythical home of Craggy Island and will be on 3 – 6 March. Tedfest will be among the first events to be held in Ireland following the lifting of restrictions on 21 January.
Tedfest is back on Craggy Island
Celebrating all things Father Ted the Tedfest began in 2007 and apart from last year, has been running since. Fans gather annually to celebrate the life of comedian Dermot Morgan and the television series Father Ted, that continues to delight viewers.
There will be plenty of craic with fancy dress, quizzes, the Lovely Girls Competition, and Ted’s Got Talent. Ted’s Prize-less Quiz, and a Priest’s Dance-off are possible on the schedule. The full itinerary is yet to be revealed. But it may include the Pan Asian Zen-off, and Craggy Island’s Fittest Family. There may even be a Craggy Island Blind Date show and the Jesuit Country & Western Hour.
Organisers Peter Phillips from Cardiff and Galway native Fergal McGrath dreamt up the idea for the festival in 2007. They intended the festival to be a fun way to bring Father Ted fans together.
While Tedfest if not an official fan event, this year, Joe Rooney, who played Father Damo, and Patrick McDonnell, who played Eoin McLove, have confirmed their appearance at Tedfest.
The duo will also be doing pre and post Tedfest gigs in Galway city at the Roisin Dubh. There will be a Tedfest Table Quiz on 2 March and 6 March a night of stand-up comedy and music, book here.
Tea and Sandwiches for Everyone
So, if you’ve always dreamt of visiting the priests on Craggy Island, now’s your chance. Grab your tickets and get ready for a weekend full of hilarity and Ted-themed antics.
Tickets cost €160 plus €3.50 booking fee and are valid for all events over the weekend. Following festival booking a list of accommodation will be available, see booking details here.
The Aran Islands
The Aran Islands are a located in Galway Bay – Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr – the last lands to the west before you reach America. Famed for their wild landscapes, distinctive knitted jumpers and pretty cottages, the Irish-speaking Aran Islands never fail to wow. These three islands have maintained the culture and heritage of traditional Irish life, and fascinate the thousands of visitors who make the journey every year.