An Post stamps celebrate 25 years of Father Ted

That’s Mad Ted!

Connie Duffy

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An Post stamps celebrate 25 years of Father Ted

The famous cast of the Fr Ted series

An Post has released a set of four fun stamp designs marking 25 years of legendary sit-com, Father Ted ...and don't forget, there's a Donegal connection with the famous television comedy show.

The stamps feature iconic one- liners now linked to each of the four main characters: “That’s mad, Ted” (Fr Dougal); “That would be an ecumenical matter” (Fr Jack) “Will you have a cup of tea Father?” (Mrs Doyle) and the now infamous “That money was just resting in my account” (Fr Ted).

Retro wallpaper in the background of each stamp matches the different rooms in the Craggy Island Parochial House.

The specially designed stamp booklet (€5.70) (above) by Dublin’s Detail Design Studio contains five stamps celebrating the characters, their famed catchphrases and the world created by Father Ted.

And of course we can't forget the Donegal connection! Kevin Sharkey, artist, political activist, former television presenter and actor from Killybegs . He had a small part in Father Ted where he played a priest named Father Shaft in two episodes.

Kevin Sharkey delivering his 'Donegal' line in Fr Ted

His most famous line, coming after a nun asked him what he thought of all the work being done in Africa by priests, was, "Sure I wouldn't know, I'm from Donegal".

Four €1 N rate stamps cover postage in Ireland (including Craggy Island), with a €1.70 ‘W’ rate stamp for postage worldwide.

Stamps, a souvenir envelope and other collectibles are available online at www.anpost.com/shop and in selected post offices nationwide.

We’re having some fun with this one, and that’s all that matters!

A handful of scenes, catchphrases and characters are forever fused on the public psyche. In a recent An Post survey, customers had some fun sharing their favourite Father Ted moments:

- Best loved episodes included ‘Hell’ (21%); ’Speed 3’ (18%); ‘Kicking Bishop Brennan up the Arse’ (17%) and ‘A Song For Europe’ (16%).

- It’s in direct conversation that ‘Ted-isms’ most often pop up (88%), with over one third of respondents (37%) claiming ‘Father Ted’ creeps into their speech on a weekly basis and one in five (20%) claiming to quote lines from the series on a daily basis!

Humour is the best medicine right now

Julie Gill, marketing director at An Post welcomed the injection of fun which the stamps are bringing to customers.

“We are creating a laugh out loud moment with these colourful stamps, while marking 25 years of Father Ted and remembering those members of the cast and crew who are no longer with us.

"Right now, the power of fun and of laughter is to be celebrated. A set of ‘lovely stamps’ for Father Ted is a good dose of humour and we want customers to join in the fun by sending laughs with these great new Irish stamps.”

“It doesn’t matter what day it is Father, there’s always time for a nice cup of tea.”

Fr Ted cast member, actor and author Pauline McLynn welcomed the new stamps.

“I’m delighted with the recognition Father Ted is receiving through these gorgeous stamps from An Post. The stamps are comical, colourful and capture the humour of Father Ted, which all of us knew was so special at the time, irreverent, farcical and fun!

"The legacy of the show and everyone involved with it lives on with Father Ted’s ongoing success and influence on language, on comedy writing and on generations of fans,” she said.