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28th Feb 2018

Tributes paid to Dermot Morgan who passed away 20 years ago today

Jade Hayden

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The money was just resting in his account.

Tributes are being paid in memory of Dermot Morgan on the anniversary of his death, 20 years ago today.

Morgan passed away suddenly in London on February 28 1998 the day after finishing filming the third and final season of Father Ted.

He was 45-years-old.

Morgan was, of course, best known for his role as Fr. Ted Crilly in the iconic and loved-by-all Father Ted.

The programme may have only ran for a couple of years, but Morgan’s dry humour, his absurdist wit, and the fact that the money was just resting his account led to Father Ted’s legacy spanning over two decades.

… And it’s hardly likely that the appetite for the Lovely Girls competition and Priest Talk is going to dry up anytime soon.

Morgan won a BAFTA for his portrayal of Ted, but the comedian had been working his way up through the entertainment industry long before then.

In the late ’80s, he co-wrote radio show Scrap Saturdays with Gerard Stembridge.

The programme co-starred Father Ted’s Pauline McLynn and Owen Roe, and presented a satirical look at Irish politics.

Morgan also released a comedy single called Thank You Very Very Much Mr Eastwood and shot several pilots with RTE, many of which went unaired.

Today, on the anniversary of his death, fans, friends and family have taken to social media to remember Morgan and the joy he brought them as a performer.