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27 August 2020

Father Ted 25th Anniversary

Ireland: Father Ted 25th Anniversary, 27 August 2020. Images from and eBay.

Technical Specifications:

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

Originally scheduled for release on 16 April 2020.

On August 27, 2020, An Post issued a set of four stamp designs to mark the 25th anniversary of ‘Father Ted’. Designed by Detail, each stamp features a phrase associated with one of the four main characters.

The format for this stamp issue is a booklet of five stamps — four national rate (N) stamps and a repeat of one stamp design as an international rate (W) postage stamp. The miniature sheet features just the four national rate (N) stamps.

An Post gratefully acknowledges Hat Trick Productions for the permission granted to reproduce the copyright material in this series.

Booklet of 5 Stamps:

Miniature Sheet:

Press Release:

An Post Stamps Celebrate 25 Years of Father Ted

27 August 2020

That’s Mad Ted!

An Post, the Irish postal service 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.

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 collectibles are available online at www.anpost.com/shop and in selected post offices nationwide.

We’re having some fun with this one, and that’s all that matters!
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!

Humour is the best medicine right now
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.”

“It doesn’t matter what day it is Father, there’s always time for a nice cup of tea.”
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.”

*The Father Ted survey by An Post was conducted online between August 21-25, 2020 with 1,358 respondents between the ages of 18-65 from all over Ireland.

Get your Father Ted stamps here.

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