Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 31 January 2015

Father Ted fans donate swear box charity cash

Foul-mouthed fans at the Father Ted Fest on Inis Mor today raised cash for local lifeboat services by contributing to a swear box.

Foul-mouthed fans at the Father Ted Fest on Inis Mor today raised cash for local lifeboat services by contributing to a swear box.

The third annual gathering of devotees of the cult Channel Four show was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the death of lead actor, Irish comic Dermot Morgan, in 1998.

Feck, fup, grasshole and backstard - popularised swear words in the surreal series - were among the offensive words which yielded 500 euro for Inis Mor Lifeboat.

The fundraiser was the brainchild of Cardiff fan Kate Stephens whose son Joseph is a local lifeboat volunteer in Whitmore Bay in Wales.

Ms Stephens, who was dressed in a Mother Superior nun's habit for the weekend, claimed the swear box was a handy way for sinners to repent.

"They weren't real swear words of course - just the ones used in episodes of Father Ted," she said.

"People seemed to prefer to repent with a few cents in the box than face the wrath of a priest in the confessional."

Hundreds of Father Ted fans from Ireland and overseas took part in the four-day Father Ted Fest which gave local recession-hit tourism operators a welcome boost.

Participants enjoyed the self-styled Toilet Duck Comedy Awards, the Father Jack Cocktail Evening, Weddings With Father Elvis and the Lovely Girls Competition.

'DJ Altered Boy' provided music at late night roller discos.

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