Craggy Island – Drinking (tea) with Demons

Craggy Island Tourist Information CentreThe decision to visit Craggy Island was an ecumenical matter – we both loved Father Ted despite the difference in our religious views.

I thought it would be a good place to work on Skiing With More Demons (working title) away from civilisation, but it wasn’t – the scenery was too distracting. That, and the fact that I’d left my laptop charger in the car on the other side of Galway Bay, scuppered my writing plans – ‘feck!’

Craggy Island is a special place for Father Ted fans, atheists and Catholics alike, so I decided to take one along (a Catholic that is) and see if she could ride a bike (there isn’t a car ferry). I hadn’t been on a bike, without an engine at least, for years myself – but it turns out riding a bike is, well, like riding a bike and all the Hail Marys were unwarranted.

great skiing book

We couldn’t get into the parochial house, because those scenes were filmed on the mainland – ‘arse’. But the tourist office found us a charming B&B to stay in which had curtains and tea making facilities in the actual room!

I had an overwhelming urge to call the landlady ‘Mrs Doyle’ but decided she had probably heard it all before.

We’d missed Ted Fest, the annual Father Ted festival held on Inishmore (it’s not really called Craggy Island). Disappointed that we couldn’t dress as priests and run around shouting “Drink!, Feck! Arse!, Girls!”, we cycled around the island and visited some of its famous sites.

tiny cows on craggy island

skiing book We saw Ted’s lovely, lovely horse and some of the tiny cows Father Dougal was fascinated with.

Or were they just far away?

The nightlife was a bit dead outside of Ted Fest so we played scrabble and the tea flowed.

Thereskiing book isn’t much to do for the young people on the island; stone circle building is popular and jumping off the pier seems to keep them occupied – but only when the tide is in. I knew they must be struggling for entertainment when I saw two kids devilishly throwing a pillow into the sea – Bishop Len Brennan has been informed.

skiing books

We also saw the monument to lost seagulls – moving.

The bank only opens on Wednesday morning between 9:30am and 10am, when Ted would presumably have been holding Mass, which is probably why he left the Lourdes fund ‘resting’ there for so long.

There isn’t much crime financial or otherwise on the island; no one locks their doors or chains their bikes up – probably because it’s very hard to chain a bike to a rock.

skiing book

Skiing With More Demons (or whatever I decide to call it) is still on course for release in October, assuming I’m reunited with my laptop charger and stop wasting my time and battery life on silly blogs.

Anyway, “it’s time for another lovely cup of tea.
“go on, go on, go on, you will , you will, you will.”


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About Chris Tomlinson

Skier, motor-biker, sailor, drinker, twitcher, runner, cricket lover and electrician. Ski Club of GB Leader, BASI Instructor, author (Skiing With Demons series) and amateur Land Rover mechanic.
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2 Responses to Craggy Island – Drinking (tea) with Demons

  1. Simon Hardcastle says:

    How about ‘Skiing with Succubae’? Certain Mighty Atoms and others are still smarting from The Girlfriend Skiing thing.


    • Good suggestion – only I had to google “Succubae” and so will others. Although it might help with marketing the chalet to men.

      I’ve tried to rectify the GF skiing damage in my next tome but I feel it’s best to stop digging the hole.

      Looking forward to skiing the Dolomites with Carol and personally making atonement to the Atom.

      Cheers Simon – counting days till next in Zine.


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