JASON BYRNE FIRST came to the nation’s attention as a very important background character in Father Ted.
Yes, he was the referee who discovered that Ted’s win at the All-Priests five-a-side Over-75s Indoor Challenge Football Match wasn’t exactly legit.
And uttered the immortal line: “These are fake hands”Source: clancy26/YouTube
Well yesterday he was passing through Clare when he came across the exact hall that the scenes were filmed in – so he got the ref’s whistle out again
And got some pictures in thespots he was filmed in blowing the whistle all those years ago
Mrs Doyle’s “you’re not singing anymore” seats are visible behind him there.
Even Graham Linehan didn’t know it was Enistymon Recreation & Leisure Centre where the episode was shot
There was just one question on people’s minds when Byrne put them on Twitter though
No photographic evidence exists from yesterday’s visit, so we’ll never know whether the corner flags ever did get moved in the end
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