Father Ted is my favorite comedy show- ever. Maybe because I grew up in a catholic orphanage, maybe because my name is Kathaleen O’Connell, maybe because it is just so damn funny! And tragically maybe because there just weren’t enough shows made before poor Father Ted’s show was canceled and he died.
I have made bowls,plates and tiny sculptures with the Father Ted characters. I eat out of my Father Dougal bowl every morning, well until Ana dropped it and smashed it to pieces. Oh so sad!
Banished to Craggy Island following the notorious ‘Blackrock’ incident in which the lives of many nuns were irreparably damaged, Dougal is the cause of most of Ted’s embarrassment and misfortune. With no grasp of the religion he professes to practice, a belief that Bishops love sci-fi and fumigate houses, and an inability to understand most of real life (Dougal has charts listing the difference between dreams and reality, and various things that do not exist), Dougal continually infuriates Ted. Nevertheless, he is Ted’s best friend and immortal sidekick – even if he shouldn’t be allowed to do funerals.
Jack was sent to the island following a particular wedding in Athlone, and other assorted incidents that are best not mentioned.
In a state of near-constant inebriation, past tipples for Jack have included ‘Toilet Duck’, ‘Windoleen’, various floor polishes, and an entire bottle of ‘Dreamy Sleepy Nighty Snoozy Snooze’ – which resulted in him being asleep for more than two weeks straight.
In his drunken state, Jack’s vocabulary rarely stretches behind the four exclamations of “drink”, “arse”, “feck” and “girls”, and he tends to rely on violence for further explanation. Naturally, Ted’s often on the receiving end
Father Crilly was first sent to Craggy Island following a minor scandal and “financial irregularities” that saw him holidaying in Las Vegas whilst a little boy didn’t visit Lourdes (“the money was just resting in my account”). Ted still dreams of a parish in America, television stardom and all the luxury trappings that would go with it…
Due to the insane world in which he resides, Ted continually finds himself in evermore embarrassing situations from which he has to extricate himself, often through a hugely complex web of lies. Despite his various vices, Ted has a good heart and does try to help people (even if it’s only because they owe him money).