In 1960 on a dark stormy night a freighter was washed ashore on the Island of Inis Oírr. The Islanders quickly gathered to the wreck to rescue those on board and to salvage what they could from the battering sea. The ship carried many goods that were never before seen on the island, including biscuits, cookies, and even modern day toilets. Pieces, Wheels, Compasses, and various parts of the Ship were taken by many as souvenirs and reminders of the rare event.
The Ship Wreck is perhaps most well-known for its appearance in the opening credits of the wildly popular BBC series, Father Ted. The series is a comedy which follows the parochial life a Priest and his company in Rural Ireland. A series that was filmed in many areas of County Clare and is celebrated throughout the year with several Father Ted Festivals on Inis Mór, and in Kilfenora, County Clare.