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Father Ted - Where are they Now?

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It's hard to believe that it's almost 25 years since the truly iconic Father Ted ended. Sadly Dermot Morgan, who of course played the titular character, died just one day after filming the series' final episode. Others stars of the show, such as Graham Norton and Tommy Tiernan, have gone on to become household names. But, what of the rest? We have a look to see what some of the sitcom's other stars have been up to!

Michael Redmond, Father Stone

The dour Father Stone was played by Scottish-based comedian, Michael Redmond, who went on to star in a series of British comedy shows such as Brass Eye and Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle. Redmond also released his first book last year - "Eamon, Older Brother of Jesus" - and is still a regular on the stand-up circuit.

Don Wycherley, Father Cyril MacDuff

Father Cyril MacDuff was Rugged Island's hapless Father Dougal equivalent, as Father Dick Byrne was to Father Ted Crilly. The character was played by Don Wycherley, who went on to play another priest - Father Aidan O'Connell - in Ballykissangel. He was also one of the main stars of the popular Bachelor's Walk, an RTE comedy drama that ran for three seasons. Wycherley has also starred in a string of movies including Michael Collins, The General, Veronica Guerin and Sing Street. 

Joe Rooney, Father Damo

Rooney went on to star as Timmy Higgins in RTE's Killinaskully, which ran for five series. A popular headliner on the Irish comedy circuit, Rooney also hosts two popular podcasts - "Podarooney" and "Talking Ted", the latter a must-listen for Father Ted fans.

Pat McDonnell, Eoin McLove

McDonnell, co-host of the aforementioned "Talking Ted" podcast, followed up his Eoin McLove part with a roving reporter role on RTE's much-missed Don't Feed the Gondolas. He then starred in a string of iconic Irish comedy shows, including Naked Camera and The Savage Eye. The Louth-born comic remains one of the country's most popular stand-ups.

Ben Keaton, Father Purcell

Keaton starred as Father Austin Purcell in "Think Fast, Father Ted", a character described as the "most boring priest in the world" by Father Ted. The Irish actor went on to Emmerdale and spent three years playing Spencer in Casualty. Keaton even dusted down the dog collar to play another priest in the British comedy film East is East.