Fintan Fay (also known as the 'Monkey Priest') is an elderly priest working in a parish in Killybashangel, Ireland who is speech-impaired and communicates through strange, gibbering, one-syllable noises, which seems to be understood by everyone around him.  He was portrayed by the late Irish actor Jimmy Keogh


It seems that Fay is both physically and mentally disabled, usually being accompanied by another priest acting as a carer. He is frightened by his own reflection, and his carers make sure he doesn't see his dog collar as he doesn't know he is a priest. He walks with a strange, neanderthal stride, and usually needs to hold someone's hand. His speech and gait both earned him the nickname, the 'Monkey Priest'.

When he showed up at Father Jack's wake, he made a series of unintelligible sounds which Ted could understand, since he revealed that Jack had a sibling.

Despite this, Fay gave a speech to try and earn a parachute during an ill-fated plane journey. Despite giving the speech through his strange, monkey-like language, everyone present seemed to understand it, so much so that they appluaded when he had finished. 

Name etymology

  • Fay's first name, 'Fintan', is of Gaelic and Irish origin, and means 'little fair one'.
  • 'Fay' is of Gaelic and Irish origin, and means 'raven'.

Behind the scenes

  • The name of his parish Killybashangel is a play on the name of Irish drama series Ballykissangel.