An Post has released a set of four fun stamp designs marking 25 years of legendary sit-com, Father Ted.
The stamps feature iconic one-liners now linked to each of the four main characters: “That’s mad, Ted” (Fr Dougal); “That would be an ecumenical matter” (Fr Jack); “Will you have a cup of tea Father?” (Mrs Doyle) and the now-infamous “That money was just resting in my account” (Fr Ted).
Retro wallpaper in the background of each stamp matches the different rooms in the Craggy Island Parochial House, according to the Irish postal service.
The specially designed stamp booklet (€5.70) by Dublin’s Detail Design Studio contains five stamps celebrating the characters, their famed catchphrases and the world created by Father Ted.
Four €1 N rate stamps cover postage in Ireland (including Craggy Island), with a €1.70 ‘W’ rate stamp for postage worldwide.
Stamps, a souvenir envelope and other collectables are available online here and in selected post offices nationwide.
A handful of scenes, catchphrases and characters are forever fused on the public psyche.
In a recent An Post survey, customers had some fun sharing their favourite Father Ted moments:
- Best-loved episodes included ‘Hell’ (21%); ’Speed 3’ (18%); ‘Kicking Bishop Brennan up the Arse’ (17%) and ‘A Song For Europe’ (16%).
- It’s in direct conversation that ‘Ted-isms’ most often pop up (88%), with over one third of respondents (37%) claiming ‘Father Ted’ creeps into their speech on a weekly basis and one in five (20%) claiming to quote lines from the series on a daily basis;
‘A good dose of humour’
Julie Gill, marketing director at An Post, welcomed the “injection” of fun which the stamps are bringing to customers: “We are creating a laugh out loud moment with these colourful stamps, while marking 25 years of Father Ted and remembering those members of the cast and crew who are no longer with us.”
“Right now, the power of fun and of laughter is to be celebrated. A set of ‘lovely stamps’ for Father Ted is a good dose of humour and we want customers to join in the fun by sending laughs with these great new Irish stamps.”
‘Comical, colourful and capture the humour of Father Ted’
Fr. Ted cast member, actor and author, Pauline McLynn, welcomed the new stamps: “I’m delighted with the recognition Father Ted is receiving through these gorgeous stamps from An Post.”
“The stamps are comical, colourful and capture the humour of Father Ted, which all of us knew was so special at the time, irreverent, farcical and fun!”
“The legacy of the show and everyone involved with it lives on with Father Ted’s ongoing success and influence on language, on comedy writing and on generations of fans,” McLynn concluded.
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