Sunday 17 December 2017

Tedfest fun is son's cup of tea as he celebrates Dermot Morgan's life

Rob Morgan, son of Dermot Morgan enjoying a cup of tea with Katie McCormack (Mrs. Doyle) at Tedfest. Picture: Hany Marzouk
Rob Morgan, son of Dermot Morgan enjoying a cup of tea with Katie McCormack (Mrs. Doyle) at Tedfest. Picture: Hany Marzouk
Ardal O’Hanlon, left, and Dermot Morgan in ‘Father Ted’
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

THE son of 'Father Ted' star Dermot Morgan marked his dad's anniversary surrounded by 'Tedheads' who had travelled from across the globe to celebrate the show which has become a cult classic.

Rob Morgan marked the 16th anniversary of his father's death at the eighth annual Tedfest celebrations on the Aran Islands.

"I'd much rather be here celebrating the legacy than mourning the loss," he said.

More than 400 people from as far away as Australia made what has become for many an annual pilgrimage to 'Craggy Island'.

Speaking about the festival, the trainee accountant said that his father wouldn't know what to make of the Tedfest phenomenon.

"I think he would have probably come out for one year and then he would have said, 'Right, I'll just leave them at it, they're having a great time.' I'm sure he'd appreciate it but he was very modest and a bit shy," he said.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be the filming of an alternative Guinness advert. A professional camera crew and actors will take part in the shoot, which shows the origins of Guinness, 'Father Ted'-style.

"It's set in 1751 at a society wedding here on Craggy Island, when the boat with all the beer sinks. But St Tibulus appears and calls for a chamber pot of bog water, which he turns into a pint of Guinness. The last scene is a young Arthur Guinness taking notes on the event," explained Tedfest organiser Peter Phillips.

Among those enjoying Tedfest was 'Father Ted' fanatic Marquis Sledge, from Mississippi. Last year he travelled all the way to the festival without telling his wife, who was holidaying in the Bahamas at the time. This year his penance was a return trip with wife Rachel in tow.

"He admitted everything when he got home and he's been talking about it ever since, so we had to come back. He has to defend his crown at 'Ted's Got Talent'," she explained.

Barry (28), from Cork, was hoping for divine intervention when he had to take a break in the middle of festivities to complete the British solicitor exams.

The lawyer spent two hours completing the online exam in Ti Joe Watty's bar as a gaggle of priests and even the odd bishop blessed him from afar.

"Today was the only day I could do the exam and I wasn't going to miss Tedfest," he insisted.

Irish Independent

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