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10 times Father Ted happened in real life
The lines between the Real World and Father Ted World often blur spectacularly.

AS IS CUSTOMARY with great bits of satire, events in the real world often come dangerously close to the plot of Father Ted, which celebrates its 20th anniversary next week.

Here are ten times when everyone had to ask themselves: “Is this real life?”

When this happened to Nigel Farage on TV

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*stifles laughter*

That time someone actually kicked Bishop Brennan up the arse

A trainee priest, no less.

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Ronan Barrett met actor Jim Norton (Len to you and me) while Norton was filming in Maynooth, and made everyone’s dreams come true.

When Edinburgh Trams picked a very familiar safety message

It emerged that the tram bosses knew exactly what they were doing when they picked the message. Excellent work.

When Fr Ray Kelly sang on the Late Late and people couldn’t deal


It was the Father Ted Eurovision episode! It was!

This group of singing Northern Irish priests exists

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They’re just called The Priests. No need to get fancy now.

This unfortunate runaway milk float incident

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The original milk float from the Speed 3 episode of the show was involved in an incident at a Ted-themed charity event in 2008 in which a woman was injured.


When an American priest said a ‘quick Mass’ so he could watch a football game

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It certainly sounds a lot like Ted’s own short Mass, doesn’t it?

That time a Donegal woman complained about a local cinema showing Fifty Shades of Grey

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Buncrana resident Mary Doherty felt the film was “perverted” and pushed the boundaries “to get porn and sexual content into the cinemas”. Careful now.

When St Christopher sounded just a little bit too much like Pat Mustard

“I’m so gorgeous they want to put me under arrest.”

And when Ireland lost the run of itself for a short period of time in July last year

We’ll just leave this guy here.

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Yes, between the announcement of Garth Brooks’ five Croke Park gigs and the cancellation of all of them, everyone was asking themselves this question:

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