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Fans kick off Tedfest on anniversary of star's death

CAREFUL now! Fr Ted enthusiasts have kicked-off Tedfest on the 16th anniversary of Dermot Morgan's death.

Hundreds of Tedheads travelled from around the world in honour of the cult classic show.

The eighth annual Tedfest celebrations kicked off on the Aran Islands yesterday.


And Morgan's son said the event still draws a huge crowd – more than 400 people from as far away as Australia and the US made what has become for many an annual pilgrimage to 'Craggy Island'.

"I'd rather be here celebrating the legacy than mourning the loss of my dad," said Rob Morgan.

"It's 16 years since the thing finished and 16 years since dad passed away, and we're still gathering here talking about it and still enjoying it.

"I'd rather be here on his anniversary celebrating his memory than sitting at home crying about it."

Speaking about the festival, which has grown in popularity every year, trainee accountant Rob said his father would not have known what to make of Tedfest.

"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'," he said.

"I'm sure he'd appreciate it and the effort, but he was a very modest man and a bit shy."


One of the highlights of the weekend is the filming of an alternative Guinness ad which takes place today.

A professional camera crew and actors will take part in the shoot, which will show the origins of Guinness Fr Ted-style.

"It's set in 1751 at a society wedding here on Craggy Island. St Tibulus appears and turns bog water into Guinness," said Rob.