Tuesday 16 July 2019

‘That would be an ecumenical matter’ – Six of Frank Kelly’s best Father Ted moments

Patricia Murphy

The sad passing of Irish actor Frank Kelly has prompted an outpouring of grief from fans around the world, particularly those who admired him for his role in 90s sitcom Father Ted.

The actor who played the uncontrollable Father Jack in the Channel 4 series from 1995 to 1998 has been credited for some of the programme’s funniest moments.

Although Kelly had a long and successful career in film, television and stage, it was his role as drunk, abusive and incompetent priest Father Jack Hackett for which he will be most remembered.

Below are some of Kelly’s best moments during his time spent as Father Jack on the fictional Craggy Island and a round up of all the rest.

1) ‘That would be an ecumenical matter’

In a bid to clean up Father Jack’s foul language ahead of a visit from the much feared Bishop Brennan, Father Ted desperately tries to equip the alcoholic priest with two go-to phrases, including ‘that would be an ecumenical matter’ and ‘Yes’. Despite his efforts Fr. Ted soon becomes exceedingly frustrated with his impossible student.

2) When Fr Jack becomes “very fond of that brick”

Much to Father Ted’s dismay, Father Jack becomes extremely attached to a brick, which he has dangerously attached to a string.

After Ted gets a belt of it to his shin, Mrs Doyle reveals that Jack has become “very fond of that brick”.

“It’s a great old pet for him. He doesn’t have to feed it, or clean it or take it to the vet. It suits him down to the ground.”

3) “More Water”

Viewers were given an insight into Father Jack’s dreams and they certainly weren’t about mass.


4) “Nuns! Reverse!”

When Mrs Doyle rolls Father Jack into a sitting room brimming with nuns, the outspoken priest doesn’t take long to issue her with strict instruction.

5) When he knew the wine just by the clink of the bottle

In the below scene Father Ted is trying to pack the contents of a picnic, when he accidently bangs together two bottles of wine. Just by the sound, Jack is able to pinpoint that it’s a “Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay from 1991”.

6) His Toilet Duck indulgence

When Ted notices Father Jack has downed a bottle of Toilet Duck, he’s not particularly concerned about his wellbeing, but does scold him by saying he’ll be “seeing the pink elephant again”.

7) Drink, Feck, Arse, Girls... and all the rest

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