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John Bottrell, from Australia, re-enacts the kicking of Bishop Brennan, played by Merquis Sledge, from Oxford, USA. Photo:
Hany Marzouk

John Bottrell, from Australia, re-enacts the kicking of Bishop Brennan, played by Merquis Sledge, from Oxford, USA. Photo: Hany Marzouk

John Bottrell, from Australia, re-enacts the kicking of Bishop Brennan, played by Merquis Sledge, from Oxford, USA. Photo: Hany Marzouk

There were copious cups of tea, a smattering of red tank-tops and of course a bishop got a kick up the arse - Tedfest returned to the Aran Islands for a weekend of high-jinks.

The event takes place each year on the last weekend of February to mark the passing of 'Father Ted' star and comedian Dermot Morgan on February 28, 1998.

Inis Mór was transformed into Craggy Island as hundreds of fans of the show, some from as far afield as Australia and Germany, gathered to pay homage to their favourite priest and his 'idiot boy' side-kick Fr Dougal McGuire. They played beach football and held a Human Hungry Hippo competition.

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Lindsay Markey and Anita Looby chase Jimmy Kelly with shopping bags during a game of football at the Fr Ted festival on Inis Mór. Photo: Hany Marzouk

Lindsay Markey and Anita Looby chase Jimmy Kelly with shopping bags during a game of football at the Fr Ted festival on Inis Mór. Photo: Hany Marzouk

Lindsay Markey and Anita Looby chase Jimmy Kelly with shopping bags during a game of football at the Fr Ted festival on Inis Mór. Photo: Hany Marzouk

Irish Independent