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GUEST,Noreen BS: Father Ted Festival (44) RE: BS: Father Ted Festival 25 Jan 07

What a great idea- I think the Inis Mor organisers deserve to have a great time- it was their idea to have the festival after all!

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Islands in Father Ted festival row

A row over a Father Ted festival has erupted

A row has broken out between two remote Irish islands over an inaugural Father Ted festival next month.

Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands off Co Galway, is planning a three-day 'Friends of Ted' event to mark the ninth anniversary of the death of comic Dermot Morgan, the star of the Channel 4 series.

However, Inis Oirr, the smallest of the islands, believes it has a bigger claim over Father Ted because local scenes, including the Plassey shipwreck, are shown in the opening scenes of the hit comedy.

Inis Mor has been given an off-season cash injection as dozens of Father Ted fans have rushed to book hotels, hostels and B&Bs for the February 23-25 festival.

However, one B&B owner on Inis Oirr said: "It's unfair that Inis Mor is cashing in on Father Ted when obviously we have closer links with the show.

"Fans and tourists would have come here in the past just to view the Plassey shipwreck. Inis Mor is trying to pull a fast one to be honest and we're not very impressed."

The Friends of Ted event features a bizarre array of themed events associated with the comedy series, such as the Father Jack Cocktail Evening, the Father Dougal Breakfast Movie Charades, the Lovely Girls Contest and Charity Auction and A Song for Europe.

Also featured on the bill is the Toilet Duck Comedy Awards, Crazy Golf, Hide A Nun and Seek, Ludo Aerobics, Buckeroo Speed Dating and a Ferrero Rocher Quiz Night. Fancy dress five-aside football will also pit priests against nuns on the island.

The organisers hope to limit the event to 100 lucky fans and a proportion of ticket sales will go towards Croi, the West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation.

Father Ted is set on the fictitious Craggy Island but was shot at various locations in Co Clare such as Ennis, Kilfenora, Ennistymon, and Kilnaboy. The parochial house is at Glenquin, near Kilnaboy. All interior scenes were shot in London.

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