Small and Far Away

Father Ted filming locations

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Photo of a lovely horse by P.J. McKenna

July the 19th. Why does that strike me as important?

— Father Ted

As all Father Ted fans know, today is a very special day. On the 19th of July, the Ice Age ended, Marathon bars became Snickers, and most importantly of all, its time for holidays!

Three series of Father Ted were aired between 1995 and 1998. But 20 years later, fans are still enjoying the surreal and manic antics of Father Ted Crilly (“That money was just resting in my account”), Father Dougal Maguire (“That’s mad, Ted!”), Father Jack Hackett (“DRINK!”), and their housekeeper Mrs. Doyle (“Ah go on, go on, go on, go on, GO ON!”).

Most of it was filmed in the west of Ireland, near to the Wild Atlantic Way (most of the links below go to YouTube snippets from the series).

County Galway

Inisheer, Aran Islands — Opening shots of Craggy Island. Inisheer still runs TedFest every year.

County Clare

Glanquin Farmhouse — The house where the three priests lived and Mrs Doyle served many cups of tea.

Doolin ferry offices — John and Mary’s shop.

Fanore Caravan Park — Where Ted and Dougal went on holidays on that fateful 19th of July, and Ted tried to explain the difference between small and far away.

Ailwee Caves — The Very Dark Caves.

Fall’s Hotel, Ennistymon — My Lovely Horse, running through the fields.

County Wicklow

OK, so at least one key scene was filmed in the east of the country.

Ormonde Cinema, Greystones — The cinema where “The Passion of Saint Tibulus” was shown. Careful now!