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Father Billy O'Dwyer

Father Billy O'Dwyer, a.k.a. the Spinmaster.

Oh no, Ted. Gambling is the Devil's work. Ruined my father and my grandfather, both died without a penny to their name.
~ Father O'Dwyer's reason not to buy a raffle ticket.

Father Billy O'Dwyer is a minor villain from the Irish comedy TV show Father Ted. He is a DJ operating on Craggy Island under the name "The Spinmaster", and suffers from a severe addiction to gambling.

He was portrayed by Gerry O'Brien.

Appearance

Father O'Dwyer appears in season 2 episode 2 "Think Fast, Father Ted", as the DJ Ted hires to provide the music for the raffle he's holding in order to raise funds to fix Craggy Island Parochial House's leaking roof. When O'Dwyer turns up at the raffle, he explains to Ted how the DJ turntables work, but then he reveals that he has only brought one record with him (due to forgetting the others), which he plays continuously. He then also wants to buy 2,000 raffle tickets after Ted convinces him to buy one, as it's all in the name of charity.

Later on, after the raffle, we see Father O'Dwyer on the phone to who we imagine is the crime lord he owes money to. He then fails to convince the crime lord to wait a little bit more, until he sees the winnings from the raffle, which he subsequently steals, thus adding more problems to Ted, with the first being Father Jack has crashed the Rover 213 (which was meant to be the raffle prize) and drunk a lot of alcohol, along with Father Liam Finnegan (who Ted borrowed the car from, after smashing up the first one with a tack hammer) having a heart attack.

The actions of Father O'Dwyer result in Ted, Dougal, Jack and Mrs. Doyle spending a long time in ponchos and hats.

Trivia

  • The one record the Spinmaster brings with him to the raffle is "Ghost Town" by the Specials. It plays repeatedly throughout the night, and again when Ted asks for the Irish National Anthem to play.
  • The Spinmaster is notable for his piano key braces. Many Father Ted fans have made attempts of obtaining copies of them.

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