New Irish stamps celebrate Father Ted

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That’s Mad Ted! An Post are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the hugely popular sit-com Father Ted, with a booklet of five stamps and a miniature sheet of four, with each design featuring a famous quote from the comedy series.

The stamps feature one-liners now linked to each of the four main characters, as follows:

  • “That’s mad, Ted” (Fr Dougal)
  • “That would be an ecumenical matter” (Fr Jack)
  • “Will you have a cup of tea Father?”  (Mrs Doyle)
  • “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, the setting of the Tv series which was originally broadcast between April 1995 and May 1998, with the 25 episodes still regularly repeated.


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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.


 
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.”
 
Fr. Ted cast member, actor and author Pauline McLynn, who played the long-suffering Mrs Doyle in the series, 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.”
 
Date of Issue: August 27, 2020 
Values & Quantities: €5.70 (150k) €4.00 Miniature Sheet (40k) 
Design: Detail 
Size: 36mm x 36mm, Miniature Sheet Size 150mm x 90mm 
Paper: TR 240gsm Self-adhesive Litho, TR 102gsm PVA Gum 
Colour: Multicolour with Phosphor tagging 
Make-up: Booklet of 5, Miniature Sheet 
Perforations: 13 x 13 (approx), 13.25 x 13.25 (Miniature Sheet) 
Printing Process: Lithography 
Printer: Royal Joh. Enschedé


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