Liam Finnegan was a priest who worked in an unknown parish somewhere in Ireland. He had an extreme addiction to dancing and, despite doctor's warnings, danced at least twelve hours a day.


In 1995, Finnegan danced across America, from New York to Los Angeles, to promote peace and goodwill, however, he was mugged once every fifteen miles.

Father Ted Crilly borrowed his car with the intention of using it as the prize in a raffle to raise funds to fix the leaking roof of the parochial house, laughing guiltily after Finnegan told him not to sell it in a raffle. Nearly immediately after he had left, Finnegan collapsed of a heart attack which was brought on by his severe addiction to dancing, and died later on, meaning that Ted and Dougal did not have to return his car, only to discover that Jack had destroyed it in a collision involving two trucks.

Name etymology

  • 'Liam' is a popular Irish abbreviation of 'William'.
  • 'Finnegan' is of Gaelic and Irish origin, and means 'fair'.
  • Finnegan is commonly referred to as 'The Dancing Priest' for obvious reasons.

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