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‘Dublin was no city for gay young men’ – the Father Ted star who thrived in London

Actor and author Patrick Duggan had to leave Ireland after falling in love with another man


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Actor and writer Patrick Duggan, who passed away just weeks after his beloved partner Charles. They left Ireland in the 1950s as they couldn’t live together as a gay couple

Actor and writer Patrick Duggan, who passed away just weeks after his beloved partner Charles. They left Ireland in the 1950s as they couldn’t live together as a gay couple

Patrick Duggan is his brief but much-loved role as Fr Joe Briefly in 'Father Ted'

Patrick Duggan is his brief but much-loved role as Fr Joe Briefly in 'Father Ted'

The Flight of Terror episode of 'Father Ted'

The Flight of Terror episode of 'Father Ted'

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Actor and writer Patrick Duggan, who passed away just weeks after his beloved partner Charles. They left Ireland in the 1950s as they couldn’t live together as a gay couple

Not many people are able to say they delivered one of the funniest lines in Irish TV comedy history — but Patrick Duggan could.

In Flight of Terror, a 1996 episode of Father Ted, Duggan played Father Joe Briefly. A group of priests are on a plane on the way home from a pilgrimage to a golf course when Fr Dougal presses a big red button in the cockpit marked ‘DO NOT PRESS’ and releases all the fuel from the aircraft.


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