Tedfest takes to the road for mental health charity

Tedfest, the annual celebration of the comedy classic Father Ted, returns to Inis Mór next month. This year organisers are asking people to cycle to Galway before the event to raise funds for online mental health support group Turn2Me.org Tedfest will take place on Inis Mór on Saturday February 23 and Sunday February 24. A group of participants will undertake Ride 2 Tedfest, a sponsored cycle from Athlone to Galway, on the Thursday before the festival and travel to Inis Mór Craggy Island the following day for a weekend of ecclesiastically themed fun.

Cyclists can avail of hostel accommodation in Galway on Thursday night, and their luggage will be transported to Galway during the cycle. Vehicles and experienced cycle guides will be available en route to Galway, and all Ride 2 Tedfest participants can avail of festival tickets and camping accommodation on the island.

The top five Ride 2 Tedfest fundraisers will also receive a signed copy of the new Father Ted DVD box set from Turn2Me, courtesy of Father Ted co-writer Graham Linehan.

Turn2Me is a charity which offers support for people in distress through support groups, forums, and one-to-one counselling service, all conducted online. Further information on Ride 2 Tedfest

is available at www.give2go.ie /pages/give2go-events-detail/Ride2 Tedfest_for_Turne2me.org

All B&B accommodation on Craggy Island is booked for the festival weekend, and those attending Tedfest are advised to arrange accommodation in advance.

Tedfest tickets can also be purchased in the traditional way at www.tedfest.org

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