A petition to submit the song My Lovely Horse from the Father Ted television series to the 2015 Eurovision song contest has been rejected, the Irish Examiner newspaper has reported.
The song was made famous during the “Eurosong” episode on Father Ted. A member of the public sent a petition to the Oireachtas (legislature of Ireland) to submit the song for the next Eurovision song contest, but it was turned down.
The Oireachtas has a petition system to enable greater citizen interaction with parliament. It is not known how many signatures were behind the My Lovely Horse petition, but only one signature is needed to submit a petition. The Oireachtas said it would not force Radio and Television of Ireland (RTÉ) to submit the song as Ireland’s entry for 2015.
Committee chairman Pádraig Mac Lochlainn told the newspaper that the committee “didn’t have the musical expertise” it needed to consider the issue.
The sitcom Father Ted originally aired over three series from April 1995 until May 1998, including a Christmas special, for a total of 25 episodes.
Set on the fictional Craggy Island, a remote location off Ireland’s west coast, the show starred Dermot Morgan as the eponymous Father Ted Crilly, alongside fellow priests Father Dougal McGuire (Ardal O’Hanlon) and Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly). Exiled on the island for various past incidents, the priests live together in the parochial house with their housekeeper Mrs. Doyle (Pauline McLynn), who always wants to serve them tea.
One day after the shooting of series three wrapped, Dermot Morgan died of a heart attack, aged 45.