An English priest is transferred to a small Irish village.
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Series cast summary:
...  Donal Docherty 58 episodes, 1996-2001
...  Liam Coghlan 58 episodes, 1996-2001
Deirdre Donnelly ...  Siobhan Mehigan 56 episodes, 1996-2001
...  Brendan Kearney 55 episodes, 1996-2001
Aine Ni Mhuiri ...  Kathleen Hendley 53 episodes, 1996-2001
...  Father MacAnally 52 episodes, 1996-2001
...  Niamh Egan / ... 49 episodes, 1996-2001
...  Brian Quigley 46 episodes, 1996-1999
...  Ambrose Egan 38 episodes, 1996-1999
...  Dr. Michael Ryan 38 episodes, 1996-2001
Birdy Sweeney ...  Eamon Byrne 34 episodes, 1996-1999
Peter Caffrey ...  Padraig O'Kelly 33 episodes, 1996-1998
...  Sean Dillon 24 episodes, 1998-1999
Don Wycherley ...  Father Aidan O'Connell 24 episodes, 1998-1999
...  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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character driven
10 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is a great series. As you watch you get pulled into the lives of the various characters living in a small village. While there is a tendency to romanticize the rural life in many films (and in part here), there is a greater depth than the average show. There is much humor in this series and also much heat break. As much as the viewer yearns for things to go right in the characters lives, things tend to go wrong and the characters must deal with personal loss, death, divorce, and financial ruin. For a show billed as a comedy, it is more drama with an overlay of humor. I am being somewhat vague in this review because this is a series to be dipped into for episodes that are uplifting and heart warming but ultimately overshadowed by reality. If you watch it once you will find find that after the passage of a few years you are longing to revisit Ballykissangel and share in the lives of what almost become real people.


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