Friday 23 March 2018

Fr Ted Crilly knickerfest gets recreated

Fr Ted and Fr Dougal
Fr Ted and Fr Dougal

Nick Bramhill

'Ireland's largest lingerie department' is to be recreated on the Aran islands in time for this month's Tedfest.

Up to 500 die-hard Father Ted fans are expected to descend on Inishmore later this month for the annual celebration of the classic sitcom.

And event organisers said a special shipment of mannequins and women's knickers will also be ferried out to the far-flung isle for what they anticipate will be this year's festival highlight, namely lingerie orienteering.

The carnival's chiefs have teamed up with Dunnes Stores in Ennis, the same store where one of the most famous scenes of the enduring sitcom was filmed, to put together the barmy new event.

In the 1996 Christmas TV special Ted - played by the late Dermot Morgan - manages to avert a major catastrophe when he, Dougal and a group of other priests become lost in a never-ending lingerie section of a clothes store.

Managing to get his fellow clerics out of the store and thereby averting another possible scandal in the Catholic Church, Ted is honoured with a 'Golden Cleric' award.

Festival organiser Peter Phillips said: "We've no idea quite how it's going to work yet, but I'm pretty sure it'll turn out to be the festival highlight."

But Phillips admitted he never expected it to become a permanent fixture on Ireland's busy festival circuit.

The popular festival, now in its ninth year, has become the most lucrative weekend event of the year on Inishmore, generating €150,000 to the local economy.

Tedfest 9 runs from February 26 to March 1. For more information on the festival, see

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