Tourism Ireland

TedFest

by Benjamin Kerns

Feb 5, 2019

Connemara in Galway, Ireland © Altezza | Dreamstime

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What the feck is TedFest? The annual event, held on the island of Inishmore off the coast of County Galway, Ireland, is a celebration of the fictional character at the center of popular TV show Father Ted. The yearly party is an homage to the hysterical character and everything comedy.

 

Created in 2007, TedFest has gone strong for more than 10 years. It hosts a variety of events meant to both celebrate Father Ted and parody modern life and culture. The festival sees several events meant to inspire laughter in locals and tourists. Some of these events include “Ted’s Got Talent,” a parody of Britain’s Got Talent, a charades competition, and a rousing game of crazy golf. Participants also engage in several events and sports based upon events in the TV show. It’s also not unusual for stars of the show themselves to appear at TedFest to engage in the games or provide commentary.

 

TedFest also sees numerous parody football matches, tours of the region and the occasional music guest. The primary event of the weekend is the Craggy Cup, a five-a-side football tournament that even includes a few pro Irish players. If you’re not feeling sport, there are plenty of ways to kill time that don’t involve exercise. You can enjoy a comedy show, sip some tea or settle down and enjoy delicious sandwiches as you watch the match.

 

TedFest is truly a one-of-a-kind experience meant to honor the legacy of the actor who portrayed Father Ted, Dermot Morgan. Whether you’ve seen the show or not, you’re guaranteed to have a great time and spend a few days laughing your butt off.

 

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