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Paint the town Ted - bar's tribute to Father Ted with huge mural

An new Irish bar in Edinburgh has unveiled a huge mural dedicated to the classic 90s TV comedy, Father Ted.

Artist Chris Rutterford completed the mural at Malone's pub in the city. It features favourites Father Ted Crilly, Father Dougal McGuire, Father Jack Hackett, Mrs Doyle, Bishop Brennan and other legendary Craggy Island characters.

One scene included in the artwork depicts the episode where the priests get lost in Ireland’s largest department store lingerie section and there’s a reference to My Lovely Horse, among other nods to classic Ted moments.

Mr Rutterford said: “When we decided to go with the Father Ted theme for the staircase I really felt we were on holy ground – it’s one of the funniest shows there's ever been. I love it.

“I've produced lots of murals over the past few years but this felt a wee bit intimidating – it's such a classic.

"There was no shortage of iconic moments and characters to include. I spent a full night ploughing through the shows looking for the thread of the story.”

The mural is 12 metres along one side of the stairs, and currently 10 metres long on the other side, but this will be 16 metres once completed.

Comedian and actor Michael Redmond, who played the boring Father Paul Stone in Father Ted, has been invited to make a special appearance at the new bar.

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