Sunday 28 December 2014

Council wants recognition for ‘Ireland’s largest lingerie section’

Aishling Phelan

Published 24/01/2014 | 13:12

The hilarious scenes from a Father Ted Christmas special were shot in Dunnes Stores in Ennis.

A LOCAL council in Ennis, Co. Clare has called for ‘‘Ireland’s largest lingerie section’’ from the much-loved Father Ted sitcom to become an official tourist landmark.

The hilarious scenes from a Father Ted Christmas special were shot in Dunnes Stores in Ennis.

Councillor Brian Meaney believes the location could be a hotspot for Father Ted fans and give a boost to the town’s tourist industry.

He told Clare FM, ‘‘What I'm trying to do is get a sign on Friar's Walk which will identify  [the store] -  perhaps it might be poetic licence to say 'Ireland's largest lingerie store" when in fact it isn't - but that this episode of Father Ted did take place there," he said.

The Green Party councillor put forward a motion to erect a sign in honour of where the labyrinthine lingerie section was located.

With the support of Ennis Town Council, who passed the motion, he will seek to have the location marked as a tourist landmark.

The side-splitting episode saw a gang of terrified priests get lost in a huge maze-like lingerie department.  

The councillor admitted he was a big fan of the show and had even got lost himself in the store.

He said the show had a cult following and that more locations from the sitcom’s filming should be used as tourist spots.

‘‘We need to take a small bit of an advantage of the differences that we can exploit,’’ he said.

When he raised the proposal at the town council meeting he received a mixed response.

Mr Meaney said he had contacted Dunnes Stores to see if they could add the location to fan-favourite ‘Ted Tours’ around Co.Clare. 

The retailer has not expressed interest so far.

‘‘I have written to them [but] I have never had any further communication from them ... they don't advertise it,’’ he said.

The operator of Ted Tours said the spot filmed in the popular episode is now the fruit and vegetable section.

Current tourist spots for the Channel 4 hit show include the Father Ted Parochial House and the ‘Song for Europe’ waterfall.

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