TedFest's annual celebration of Father Ted returns
CAREFUL now: TedFest, the annual celebration of all things Father Ted, has announced its return for 2024.
The festival dedicated to the classic Channel 4 sitcom starring Dermot Morgan and Ardal O'Hanlon will return from Thursday March 7 to Sunday March 10 on Inis Mór in the Aran Islands, which will become the legendary Craggy Island once more.
Visitors are advised to expect "copious cups of tea and sandwiches, a lot of red tank-tops, nuns on the run, priests on the pull, map-cap costumes and, of course, a bishop getting a kick up the a***".
While the official itinerary for TedFest 2024 has yet to be announced, organizers have confirmed that all activities will take place at the Aran Islands hotel, with highlights to include "the annual Lovely Girls Competition, Ted's Got Talent, the Father Ted Prizeless Quiz, the priests' dance-off, the nuns in neon old grey whistle rave, the screaching competition in a very dark cave, the Craggy Cup, Blind Date, Best Dressed and lots more".
Original cast members from the series have attended previous TedFests, including Joe Rooney (Fr Damo) who has regularly refereed the Craggy Cup, while Patrick McDonnell (AKA Eoin McLove) has hosted Blind Date.
In recent years, the Inis Mór event has attracted people who dressed the part, including patrons who came as Father Jack's Underpants Hamper, Ireland's Largest Lingerie Department, The Flight into Terror, Tom's Scania Truck, the feckin' Crunchies in the car, the various stages of Henry Sellers, plus an assortment of Mrs Doyles, Fr Jacks, Teds, Dougals, Pat Mustards and other favourites.
Tickets for TedFest 2024 are now on sale at tedfest.org, and organisers are encouraging the 17 million repentant brethren who have never managed to tick TedFest off their bucket list not to miss out, as tickets are limited to the amount of accommodation available on the island.