An English priest is transferred to a small Irish village.
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Frankie McCafferty ...
 Donal Docherty (58 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Liam Coghlan (58 episodes, 1996-2001)
Deirdre Donnelly ...
 Siobhan Mehigan (56 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 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)
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 Brian Quigley (46 episodes, 1996-1999)
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 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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For BBC's Comic Relief 1997, The Vicar of Dibley did a short cross over episode called Ballykissdibley featuring Peter and Assumpta. Although it has never been officially re-broadcast as part of The Vicar of Dibley, it can be found on certain video streaming websites. This for charity episode does imply that the 2 series exist within the same fictional story universe. See more »

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Pleasing Irish series
15 November 2001 | by (New South Wales, Australia) – See all my reviews

One of my favourite series. Ballykissangel is an example of how Ireland can produce quality family drama with wonderful characters and good writing against a picturesque backdrop of the Irish countryside.

Filmed at Avoca in Ireland it follows the characters in the fictional town of Ballykissangel, mainly the Catholic priest Father Peter Clifford. Hidden underneath the weekly episodes was the quietly growing attraction of Father Peter and Assumpta Fitzgerald (pub owner of Fitzgeralds)

The series had a slightly quirky edge to it and its humour helped make the series such a ratings winner. The show went for 6 seasons but the best episodes were the first 3 seasons. After the end of the first 3 the two main characters left and the the creator and writer, Kieran Prendiville, also handed over the reins to other writers. The show was never the same and lost some of its humour. Then Peter Hanley (Ambrose) left the show. Later on the series suffered more blows with actors, Birdy Sweeny (Eamonn) and Tony Doyle (Brian Quigley), dying in real life.

With falling ratings Season 6 saw Ballykissangel given some new life with the arrival of a more charismatic priest, Father Vincent Sheahan (played by Australian Robert Taylor) and the return of the original writer Kieran Prendiville. Despite Season 6 being more enjoyable, and showing more promise, it was decided to end the show after 58 episodes.

Personally I think it could have continued as long as Kieran Prendiville held its reins but it was not to be.

Ballykissangel will go down in television history as an example of how good an Irish production can be, which, at its best, was extremely likeable.


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