Father Ted is an irreverent, award-winning sitcom from the British Isles. It has a cult following, so much so that a group lodged a petition with the Parliament of Ireland for a song from the program to compete for Ireland at Eurovision.
The satricial song, called “My Lovely Horse,” included memorable lyrics like this: “I want to shower you with sugar lumps, and ride you over fences, polish your hooves every single day and bring you to the horse dentist.”
But sadly Ireland will not see Father Ted travelling to Austria in 2015 as the Irish Parliament has rejected the idea, pointing out that it does not have the musical expertise to make such a decision, or the power to force RTE to follow its suggestion. That answer also confirms that they don’t have sufficient knowledge of Eurovision: You can’t compete with a song released before the September pre-ceding the contest anyway!
Even if Ireland were able to compete with this song, it would be quite controversial within the Catholic community to see Conchita Wurst, a huge supporter of LGBT rights, hand over the trophy to the character of a priest, part of the Catholic church, a religion that recognises marriage as the union between a man and a woman.
The horse is quite lovely though. Let us know your thoughts below! Can satire and a bit of silly take Ireland back to the final?