Ballykissangel (1996–2001)

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An English priest is transferred to a small Irish village.

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Series cast summary:
Frankie McCafferty ...
 Donal Docherty (58 episodes, 1996-2001)
Joe Savino ...
 Liam Coghlan (58 episodes, 1996-2001)
Deirdre Donnelly ...
 Siobhan Mehigan (56 episodes, 1996-2001)
Gary Whelan ...
 Brendan Kearney (55 episodes, 1996-2001)
Aine Ni Mhuiri ...
 Kathleen Hendley (53 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Father MacAnally (52 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Niamh Egan / ... (49 episodes, 1996-2001)
Tony Doyle ...
 Brian Quigley (46 episodes, 1996-1999)
Peter Hanly ...
 Ambrose Egan (38 episodes, 1996-1999)
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 Dr. Michael Ryan (38 episodes, 1996-2001)
Birdy Sweeney ...
 Eamon Byrne (34 episodes, 1996-1999)
Peter Caffrey ...
 Padraig O'Kelly (33 episodes, 1996-1998)
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 Sean Dillon (24 episodes, 1998-1999)
Don Wycherley ...
 Father Aidan O'Connell (24 episodes, 1998-1999)
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 Orla O'Connell (24 episodes, 1998-1999)
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Peter Clifford, a young Catholic priest from Manchester, is transferred to the village of Ballykissangel, Ireland, and is taken by the dry-humored publican Assumpta Fitzgerald who has almost the exact opposite of his good nature and dislikes the organized church. He has to deal with occasional battles against his hateful superior, Father MacAnally, and the day-to-day problems of the people: Brian Quigley, whose constant search for money often leads him to immorality, his daughter Niamh and her lover straight-arrow garda Ambrose Egan, uptight and inquisitive shopkeeper Kathleen Hendley, gruff vet Siobhan Mehigan, cheery mechanic Padraig O'Kelly, comical schoolteacher Brendan Kearney, and elderly farmer Eamon Byrne. Later arrivals to the town include former monk Father Aidan O'Connell, pariah Sean Dillon and his daughter Emma, Eamon's nephew Danny, female Garda Frankie Sullivan, Australian Father Vincent Sheahan, and horse-trainer Avril Burke. Written by brainybrailler@comcast.net

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Tony Doyle, who starred as Brian Quigley in the first five seasons, was the father of Susannah Doyle, who appeared as Avril Burke in the sixth. See more »

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It could happen next door
31 May 1999 | by (Utrecht, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

For some time now, I am following the TV-series "Ballykissangel". Why? Simply because it´s one of the few TV-series which is worth being watched: no unnecessary violence, no stupid, easy-to-see-through jokes, and a good storyline, combined with a set of good actors. I call this a real top british TV-product, and it´s a shame that the Dutch TV stations don´t show it on prime time! Ballykissangel is all about the life and complications of the people of a small irish village, where there has been assigned a new young catholic priest, which happens to be british. The main characters are the english priest, father Clifford, and the owner of a local pub, Assumpta, who gets sick from everything connected to the church. The fundamental differences of character of these two (Assumpta is verbally aggressive, sarcastic and sometimes even vicious, whereas Clifford is friendly, sweet, helpful, and unbelievably naive sometimes) result in a mutual love/hate relationship and neither of them knows what to do with it. Most episodes can be watched separately, however watching most of them gives you the best clue as to the development of the relationship of the main characters, or should I say, the non-development. However, it is very easy to identify yourself with one or more of the main characters. This, combined with the misunderstandings and tricks in every episode, makes it a joy to watch this series, time after time.


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