Ballykissangel (1996–2001)

Personal Call 

Father Mac suffers from a small heart attack and takes a few days to rest, leaving Peter to hold up the fort in BallyKay and Cilldargin. Brian's financial situation worsens and Niamh signs herself on as his business partner.


Dermot Boyd

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Tompkinson ... Father Peter Clifford
Dervla Kirwan ... Assumpta Fitzgerald
Tony Doyle ... Brian Quigley
Niall Toibin ... Father MacAnally
Peter Hanly ... Ambrose Egan
Tina Kellegher ... Niamh Egan
Joe Savino ... Liam Coghlan
Frankie McCafferty ... Donal Docherty
Peter Caffrey Peter Caffrey ... Padraig O'Kelly
Deirdre Donnelly Deirdre Donnelly ... Siobhan Mehigan
Gary Whelan ... Brendan Kearney
Birdy Sweeney Birdy Sweeney ... Eamon Byrne
Bosco Hogan ... Dr. Michael Ryan
Aine Ni Mhuiri Aine Ni Mhuiri ... Kathleen Hendley (as Áine Ní Mhúirí)
James Nesbitt ... Leo McGarvey


When Father McAnally finds Father Clifford in the church's sacristy, they have a very loud argument. Father McAnally also has a mild heart attack, something he doesn't want the parishioners to know about. While he is recuperating, Father Peter covers for him in Cilldargin in addition to his own duties in Ballykissangel. He thinks he's found a room with Ambrose and Niamh, but just as quickly graciously bows out of the picture when a bankrupt Brian Quigley shows up at his daughter's doorstep telling them the bank has foreclosed on the mortgage and taken the house away. Peter's reluctant to stay at the pub, for obvious reasons, so he's back to square one. Brian asks Niamh if she would let him have her mother's inheritance but she knows her father quite well and is prepared to do so only if he makes her a full partner in his business. Her first order of business is to sell the land he bought for the Korean venture. Assumpta isn't all that happy with married life and partly as a result ... Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Drama




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5 April 1998 (UK) See more »

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[first lines]
Father MacAnally: Father Clifford.
[Peter gets up]
Father MacAnally: I sometimes wonder, Father Clifford, if your sole reason for coming to this parish was to undermine the influence of the Church. Look at you. Turning your own sacristy into a lodging house.
Father Peter Clifford: With respect, I haven't had a lot of choice.
Father MacAnally: Respect! What would you know about respect? What about the respect due to your position as my curate?
Father Peter Clifford: Brian Quigley has repossessed my house.
Father MacAnally: You should have found somewhere else to stay! Look, I want to make one thing ...
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