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Alba Iulia
Sunday, June 7, 2020

A Saturday night scrabble match reminded me that it all comes down to Father Ted

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We are surrounded by silence. Several years ago, I came home from a match at Croke Park and the Sunday night cultural show on Newstalk had a panel of teachers of Irish literature from Harvard, Oxford and perhaps Trinity College, discussing the great literary phenomena Irish. WB Yeats, Seamus Heaney and all the greats have run out.

Great admiration was expressed for the five volumes of The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, a monumental work edited by Seamus Deane. They ended with a discussion of what each of them considered to be the most significant recent artistic contribution to Irish popular culture.

To my surprise and joy, one of them chose Father Ted. He said that for him it was impossible to live Irish life without hearing Father Ted in his ear sooner or later. Mass sounds. Think about whether God exists. Being in a country pub. Lines on politics. “Father Ted,” he said, “is everywhere.” Everyone laughed, but he was not wrong.

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