24th April 2015

Go On Go On Go On: See Father Ted’s Ireland

Pack your best lovely girl dress, practice your ‘looking holy’ face and prepare to enter the world of spider babies and freak pointing. The following are a few suggestions on how you can experience some of Ireland’s most surreal locations for yourself…


Have Tea at Father Ted’s House

father teds house


Glanquin House, the real-life version of Father Ted’s parochial house is owned by the McCormack family, who lived here throughout the filming of the series.  Having watched growing numbers of fans descending on their front gates to snap selfies, in 2012 Cheryl McCormack decided to take on the role of Mrs Doyle by opening the doors of her house to the public and offering ‘Tedheads’ the chance to enjoy tea at Father Ted’s house.

Visitors pay €10 (per adult) to take tea in the house where home-made scones, brown bread, jam, cakes and gluten free options are laid on. You can even buy souvenir ‘I had tea in Fr Ted’s House’ magnets.

There’s a tour of the house as well as guided walks of the adjoining farm which features a stone fort, fullacht fiadhs, a holy well and ancient church site.



Directions: The house is located at Glenquin, on the Killinaboy to Boston Road. From Corofin take the R476 to Killanboy. Take a right at the ruined church (close to the post office). You’ll pass a school and a stream on the left hand side. Continue down the narrow road, you’ll see the house on the left.

Tea at Father Ted’s House, for bookings call +353 (87) 921 4694, http://www.fathertedshouse.com/


Stay at The Campsite from Hell

fanore beach co clare

Put the small/far away theory to the test with a stay at one of the campsites located near Fanore Beach in County Clare. The seaside town featured in the “Hell” episode of the second series.



With the otherworldly beauty of The Burren and fantastic surf beaches just a short drive away, chances are you probably won’t have to resort to Riverdancing in your caravan. Unless you want to.


 Explore The Real Craggy Island

inis oirr

The Craggy Island featured in the opening credits of the show is Inis Oirr. The island is located 8km from the coast of Co. Clare and can be reached within a 55 minute ferry journey from Ros a Mhíl port.  Rent a bike on arrival from the top of the island’s pier – while you cycle take in stunning views of The Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare, The Twelve Pins of Connemara and even the mountains of Kerry on a clear day.


The Magic Road, Benbulbin



In the ‘Hell’ episode, The Magic Road is billed as one of Craggy Island’s top wonders.  Although there are several examples of roads that defy gravity around Ireland, this one close to Benbulbin in Co. Sligo is hard to beat.



Try it for yourself –  drive straight along the road, stop at the dip and stay in neutral, then watch in amazement as you roll UP the hill. As Dougal would say, “that’s mad Ted.”

Benbulbin’s Magic Road, GPS coordinates: 54.371809,-8.393984



Have the Craic at the Father Ted Festival in Kilfenora

plassey wreck
Each May, the Co. Clare town of Kilfenora hosts a festival of Father Ted-themed shenanigans. Past events include tours to the Plassey shipwreck, a Lovely Girls Contest and even a Golden Cleric awards ceremony.

Fiona Hilliard

Fiona Hilliard

A love of new cultures is what drives Dublin travel writer Fiona Hilliard to explore the cities of Europe and beyond.


  • La Travelera

    Thanks for sharing, I have not visited Ireland yet and it is not far from me…it is on my bucket list! 🙂

    25th April 2015 at 6:46 am
    • Fiona Hilliard
      Fiona Hilliard

      Sounds like the perfect excuse then!

      27th April 2015 at 8:23 am
  • O'Neill family

    What a great idea! More like this please!

    25th April 2015 at 12:41 pm
  • Jane Brown

    I travel to Dublin regularly from East Midlands airport because I have to get an onward coach from Dublin and go 60 miles away to visit family. I find Ryanairs early morning flights really dependable and have never miss my coach connection from Dublin s city centre.

    I always stay at a hotel in the Ballsbridge area in Dublin because its within walking distance of Dublin city centre, but if desired the dart station is just around the corner and there are plenty of buses to the city. The air coach also picks up outside the hotels and goes directly to the airport.

    There is a greyhound stadium in Ballsbridge and plenty of pubs and cafes a short walk away. The rugby ground is also very near for sports fans.

    26th April 2015 at 9:15 pm
    • Fiona Hilliard
      Fiona Hilliard

      Thanks for sharing these Dublin tips Jane!

      27th April 2015 at 8:27 am
  • Colette Sheeran

    We drove to Father Teds house but a boy was on the swing so we didn’t dare go in. Nice to know they have opened the doors now. Will definitely have to go back as I lost the photos.

    20th March 2016 at 12:40 pm

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