A comedy video featuring a foul-mouthed Co Clare version of Postman Pat has been removed from YouTube, despite being viewed almost 100,000 times in just three days.
The video, which shows the popular children’s cartoon character delivering post while drunk to people in the Co Clare towns of Miltown Malbay , Doolin and Lisdoonvarna, was removed from the site last week, despite being one of the most popular comedy shorts to come out of Ireland so far this year.
The sketch was put together by north Clare men Alan Clancy, Pearse Grimes, John Fitzpatrick and Matthew Kelly who say that they have not been contacted by YouTube, or anyone associated with the Postman Pat children’s series, to explain why their video was removed.
The four are currently working on the next instalment in the series and are even looking at producing their own animations to prevent potential copyright issues arising over future videos. The original video shows Postman Pat — recast as Padraigh Posta — on a post-Willie Clancy Summer School excursion, which sees him drink heavily from a number of bottles of poitin while delivering packages including explosives and condoms to people around north Clare.
According to Alan Clancy, who voices the drunken postman in the video, the entire video was recorded in one take and was completely off the cuff, with not even a basic script being written.
“We normally practice music on a Friday night and have a few beers. John mentioned that he and Matthew had a programme for overdubbing on his computer, so we said we’d have a lash and see what happens,” said the Miltown Malbay drummer.
“We tried a few different videos earlier, but they didn’t work out great, I suppose we didn’t have enough drink on us. But then we decided to try the Postman Pat. We just stuck it on, we didn’t even look at it before hand, we ad-libbed the whole thing. There was no script at all, just drink,” he said.
Not perturbed by the video being removed from YouTube, the group has set up a Facebook page for Padraigh Posta, where all future videos will be uploaded.
“The response has been incredible. Matthew stuck it up on the internet without telling the rest of us. We had no idea he was going to put it up, we just thought it was a bit of craic. We might have put a bit more effort into it if we did,” said Alan.
“The reaction of people has been ridiculous. We are definitely doing another one. We might even have to get some beverage company to sponsor us,” he said.
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