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Father Ted festival organisers distance themselves from runaway milk float

Speed 3, in real life.

THE ORGANISERS OF the annual TedFest event have distanced themselves from a legal issue involving the infamous milk float used in an episode of Father Ted.

The festival takes place on the island of Inis Mór off the coast of Galway every year, and is due to kick off its eighth run this Thursday.

The float- which starred in the Speed 3 episode involving Dougal and a bomb – was involved in an incident during a charity event back in 2008.


A woman had made a claim against organisers after being injured at the pre-TedFest fundraising event in Kilfenora, Co Clare.

The Ted 40 event was the centrepiece of a charity ‘push’ of the float to raise money for Down Syndrome Ireland organised by Friends of Ted and sponsored by Paddy Power.

Today it was reported that the woman settled a High Court action for damages and a spokesperson for the current TedFest event have told DailyEdge.ie that the incident occurred:

…at a separate event in Kilfenora that year, run by a different company.

It’s understood that there was an element of cooperation between the two events.

A Paddy Power spokesperson meanwhile has said that while “it was our float” the action had been taken against the festival organisers.

Father Ted festival TedFest attendees enjoying the milk float on Inis Mór in 2007 Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

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