Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Flashing contestant scoops Lovely Girl title

A competition to find the ultimate 'Lovely Girl' at the madcap celebrations in honour of cult comedy Father Ted were turned on their head with a risque strip.

As the fans of the show lined up to judge the final, one eager entrant gave a quick flash of her unique and equally sensible underwear.

And with the notorious Atlantic gales whipping across the island of Inis Moir off the west of Ireland, Tara Kilbane, from Galway city, caused a few ripples of her own with the quick flash.

The 'Lovely Girl' had gone to the effort of knitting a pair of thermal pants to keep the cold out and in the hope of wooing the judges.

``She won it with her Arran knit bloomers that she had on - that's what swayed the judges we think,'' said organiser Fergal McGrath.

But in the best of Father Ted style Mr McGrath refused to be drawn on whether the ``Lovely Girl'' had put herself through hours of itchy discomfort to secure the coveted crown.

Mimicking one the show's best known sayings, he quipped: ``Now that would be an ecumenical matter.''

The final day of Ted Fest, now in its second year, also saw the World's Biggest Cup of Tea with Mrs Doyle on hand to dunk willing priests and nuns in a massive brew.

But fearing a possible claim for burns, Mr McGrath said: ``She was there to put enough milk in it to get the right temperature.''

Earlier, Inishbofin ran out surprise winners of the Craggy World Cup beating rivals Inis Moir in the final and helping to raise 5,000 euro for the local lifeboat.

It is understood the winning goalkeeper piled on the pounds over the last few months in an attempt to fill as much of the goal as possible.

The week long celebrations saw fans from as far afield as Japan and England flock to the west of Ireland for a series of unusual competitions.

Highlights, which organisers hope will become an annual event, included Song for Europe, the Golden Cleric awards and Buckaroo speed dating.

The event marked the 10th anniversary of the filming of the last episode of the series set around the mishaps of three Catholic priests on the fictional Craggy Island.

Organisers are astounded at the massive demand for tickets for the festival.

The event has already grown too big for Craggy Island - with many of the events moved from Inis Moir, which can only hold about 200 visitors, to Co Clare on the mainland.

The small island off the Co Galway coast hosted the inaugural TedFest last year after an unholy row with a neighbouring island for the rights to stage it.

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