List of Ballykissangel episodes

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This is a list of episodes for the BBC television drama Ballykissangel, produced by Conor Harrington and Alan Moloney, broadcast from 1 February 1996 to 15 April 2001. All episodes are 50 minutes long unless otherwise stated.[1][2]

Series One (1996)[edit]

TitleAirdateDescription
Trying to Connect You11 February 1996Father Peter Clifford arrives from England, transferred from Manchester to the small Irish village of Ballykissangel in 'the back of beyond'. The first person he meets is Assumpta Fitzgerald, the landlady and publican at Fitzgerald's, who seems to have a bad attitude towards the clergy. Off to a challenging start, he tries to get acquainted with the quirks of his congregation. Niamh Quigley, daughter of wealthy town businessman Brian Quigley, has a questionable scheme to discover whether her boyfriend Ambrose, the village Garda, will make a good husband, while Brian thinks Ballyk needs an automated confessional, complete with air conditioning and fax machine. Meanwhile, it appears Father Frank MacAnally (Fr Mac) may not be Fr Clifford's idea of an ideal superior.
The Things We Do For Love18 February 1996When Brian Quigley is frustrated by Fr Clifford in his effort to evict a family living in a caravan, the local football match takes on unexpected importance. Meanwhile, an attractive woman from Fr Clifford's past arrives in Ballyk uninvited.
Live In My Heart And Pay No Rent25 February 1996Widower Quigley is ready to rekindle an old flame while his daughter, Niamh, is looking forward to marrying her beloved Ambrose. Unfortunately after a close encounter, Ambrose has other ideas and the planned wedding is in jeopardy.
Fallen Angel3 March 1996It's Fr Clifford's birthday but he hasn't told any of his flock. So how does the DJ of the local pirate radio station know about it? Fr Mac insists Fr Clifford must be a 'mobile' priest, but driving lessons with Assumpta might not be such a good idea.
The Power and the Gory10 March 1996A death in the village necessitates a byelection. The fight is on between Sean Dooley and Brian Quigley. Ambrose finally agrees to a church wedding. Assumpta's former boyfriend Leo comes to the village to report on the election campaign. Liam and Donal accidentally exhume a 50-year-old skeleton.
Missing You Already17 March 1996Brian organises a local festival, but Assumpta is less than enthusiastic when it turns out to be a cover-up to steal business from Fitzgerald's. Ambrose and Niamh are finally wed and Fr Clifford learns he's to be sent back to England – but are the villagers as keen for him to go as Fr Mac is?

Series Two (1997)[edit]

TitleAirdateDescription
For One Night Only5 January 1997Sparks fly when Fr Clifford casts Assumpta in an amateur dramatics play. She objects to playing the love scenes, but a stranger arrives in the village and agrees to play the romantic lead.
River Dance12 January 1997The village rallies around Brendan Kearney when he threatened with being transferred to a teaching position in a different village. Elsewhere, there's a gold rush in Ballyk and Fr Clifford is not pleased with Liam and Donal's scheme to use a statue of the Virgin Mary to attract paying tourists.
In the Can19 January 1997Former one-hit wonder Enda Sullivan takes Assumpta on a date, and Fr Clifford recruits him to play at a Gospel Mass. Meanwhile, Brian Quigley attempts to produce and direct a tourist film.
The Facts of Life26 January 1997Peter finds an abandoned newborn on his doorstep and is able to track down the teenage mother and reunite them. Ambrose slips in the tub, and a new Garda arrives in Ballyk, who is very strict. Against Father Mac's wishes, Peter gives a speech about relationships, to the town youth.
Someone to Watch over Me2 February 1997Brian Quigley takes ribbing after he hires an attractive, flirtatious housekeeper who secretly schemes to marry him. Local children vex Peter and the storekeeper with their mischief. Niamh, feeling depressed after her miscarriage, starts helping at the elementary school.
Only Skin Deep9 February 1997Brian Quigley sets up a town beauty contest as part of the village festival. Siobhan goes undercover, while Peter and Ambrose try to reform a young delinquent.
Money, Money, Money16 February 1997A late-night fire guts the home of the village shopkeeper Kathleen. When she reveals she has no insurance, Fr Clifford organizes a campaign to help restore her house. He gets a wrong tip on a dog race, and they are forced to resort to a poker tournament to raise the needed money.
Chinese Whispers23 February 1997Two strangers cause chaos when the villagers think they are from the revenue service. Peter struggles to control his feelings when Niamh reveals that Assumpta may leave Ballyk for Dublin.

Series Three (1998)[edit]

TitleAirdateDescription
As Happy as a Turkey on Boxing Day21 December 1997Everyone's Christmas plans fall apart when Padraig's son, Kevin, falls down a mine shaft. Peter is chosen by Fr Mac to entertain his nephew Timmy.
When a Child is Born1 March 1998With the birth of Niamh's baby approaching, Ambrose's mother arrives to help. The village is in a frenzy when it appears a 'miracle' may have occurred in the church, which attracts a crowd of visitors. Padraig becomes a village news reporter, and Ambrose helps Niamh deliver her baby.
Changing Times8 March 1998Brian's latest venture to attract Korean investors involves bulldozing a local beauty spot. Fr Clifford reaches a critical impasse and makes a fateful decision.
Stardust in Your Eyes15 March 1998Quigley tries to impress a group of potential Korean investors, but no Irish band is available to entertain them. With Assumpta in Dublin, Niamh struggles to balance work in the pub with the demands of motherhood.
The Fortune in Men's Eyes22 March 1998When Ambrose's mother arrives to help care for baby Kieran, Quigley takes an unusual interest in her.
I Know When I'm Not Wanted29 March 1998Assumpta returns to Ballyk with her new husband Leo and finds Fr Clifford organizing a pub contest.
Personal Call5 April 1998Fr Mac falls ill, Assumpta's marriage deteriorates, and Quigley's financial situation worsens.
Lost Sheep12 April 1998Siobhan receives unexpected news that she is pregnant. Kathleen is inexplicably horrified when a mysterious young woman arrives in town searching for her older sister who had lived there 20 years ago. Eamon's wandering sheep become a hazard.
The Waiting Game19 April 1998While the population of Ballykissangel is obsessed with an anonymous lottery winner, Ambrose goes undercover to catch an infamous drug dealer.
Pack up Your Troubles26 April 1998Quigley launches a new venture.
The Reckoning3 May 1998The town is caught up in a Chinese cooking competition when circumstances finally push Peter to confess his feelings to Assumpta.
Amongst Friends4 May 1998In the wake of disaster, Peter and Leo have a confrontation. Peter decides to leave Ballyk.

Series Four (1998)[edit]

TitleAirdateDescription
All Bar One20 September 1998As Fitzgerald's pub and hotel go up for auction, many new people arrive in town, some more welcome than others. A local outbids a non-local lady for ownership of the pub, and the town is anticipating the arrival of their new priest, a former monk.
He Healeth the Sick27 September 1998While Eamonn tries to rid his farm of invading foxes, Fr Aidan begins working miracles on the sick. Fr Mac, however, is sceptical about the legitimacy of these miracles.
Bread and Water4 October 1998Siobhan prepares for a water birth; Fr Aidan has financial troubles; Sean Dillon's daughter arrives in Ballyk; and Niamh continues to move into her new home. The village women help deliver Siobhan's baby.
Par for the Course11 October 1998A roaming stranger wanders around Ballykissangel as Siobhan and Brendan argue over their daughter's christening. Brian persuades a friend of Orla's to partner with him in buying a golf course.
The Odd Couple18 October 1998Donal's new companion, a black bear, is roaming around the village wreaking havoc, while Kevin secretly starts working with Sean.
Turf23 October 1998The town is virtually deserted as everyone heads to the annual horse race where "Doctor Ryan" is in danger of losing to "Danny's Razor". Back in town, Ambrose tackles a Cilldargin drug dealer he once arrested.
It's a Family Affair1 November 1998At the grand opening of Brian's golf course, Micky comes face to face with an enemy from the past. Danny steals back his horse from Sean and his injury worsens.
Rock Bottom8 November 1998Padraig's life is falling apart at the seams, causing him to turn to drink for solace and escape. A fertility statue is uncovered on Sean's farm, and Fitzgerald's gets satellite TV.
As Stars Look Down15 November 1998An old friend of Fr Mac's returns to Ballyk for a visit with news of a promotion to the Vatican. In the meantime, Emma and Danny get stranded together when heavy rain sets in.
Births, Deaths and Marriages22 November 1998While Siobhan and Brendan prepare for their simple and secret wedding, Emma goes round the village digging up her family's past. Eamon has an accident, and Niamh and Ambrose feel that their marriage has lost its meaning.
It's a Man's Life29 November 1998As tension between Niamh and Ambrose continues to escalate, Niamh leaves Ambrose for the day. Donal and Liam look for extra cash in golf balls that have been lost in the river, and Kathleen gets an unexpected visit from an old sweetheart.
The Final Frontier6 December 1998A massive storm sweeps over Ballykissangel and everyone runs for cover. Niamh confronts her feelings for Sean, and Ambrose confronts his marriage with Niamh.

Series Five (1999)[edit]

TitleAirdateDescription
Two Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest26 September 1999As Niamh and Sean come to a decision about their relationship, Brian, Orla, Liam and Donal compete in a hot air balloon race over Ballyk.
Hello and Farewell3 October 1999The sudden loss in Ballykissangel has left everyone in tears, particularly Niamh who must deal with the new changes in her life. In the meantime, Orla moves into a new cottage hoping for some freedom.
Catch of the Day10 October 1999While Niamh, Sean and Brian try to get back to normal life, Liam and Donal stumble across a crate of expensive stolen caviar that could cause them more harm than good.
Moving Out17 October 1999Due to the escalating tension between Emma and her father Sean, Emma leaves home and moves in with a young man temporarily. Meanwhile, Niamh decides she must leave as well, but to Dublin. Fr. Aiden, having failed to keep accounts, is unprepared for the church auditor.
Eureka24 October 1999It's Kieran's 4th birthday and his gran Imelda has come for a visit, creating tension with Niamh. Orla brings a famous book editor on board Connor's boat.
Behind Bars31 October 1999As Niamh moves out of Fitzgerald's to begin her new life in Dublin, Paul Dooley, an old enemy of Brian Quigley, moves in with his wife Oonagh and their two children. Connor's attempts to arrange a romantic date for Orla go terribly wrong.
Brendan's Crossing7 November 1999Brendan applies for the position of headmaster, but his chances at securing the post look bleak, considering his competition and the members of the interview panel.
A Few Dollars More21 November 1999Donal's uncle Minto returns to Ballyk with a dangerous new business proposal, just in time for the arrival of the new Garda, Frankie Sullivan. Minto encourages Donal to risk his life savings for a chance to claim a stake in a gold mine, but his wife stops him doing so.
The Outsiders28 November 1999Frankie finds it hard to feel connected to the village when she orders Paul to do 50 hours of community service to make up for a crime. Brian begins to feel lonely without Niamh and Kieran.
With a Song in My Heart5 December 1999Fr Aidan is looking for choir singers but finds it hard to rally volunteers. Sean decides to visit Niamh in Dublin.
Love's Labours19 December 1999Niamh and Sean announce their engagement to the village and Father Mac. Some people are supportive, while others are unsure about their decision. Donal and Liam try their luck at gambling, and Fr Aidan organizes a raft race which has dramatic consequences.
The Wedding28 December 1999While Niamh and Sean prepare to say 'I do,' Frankie sets out to find a reckless, young driver (nearly making Fr Aidan late for the wedding), and Paul gets a visit from a friend from prison, who tries to con him.

Series Six (2001)[edit]

TitleAirdateDescription
God.com1 March 2001Fr Vincent Sheahan arrives in Ballyk from Australia. He quickly learns the ways of the villagers, as he deals with a new online confessional and the mysterious disappearance of Brian Quigley.
Drink4 March 2001Fr Sheahan is arrested for drink driving. Paul sets his sights on Louis's run-down shack.
The Cat and Daddy G.11 March 2001Fr Sheahan hears a confession that could be the answer to a mysterious assault. Grainne's pet goat turns out to be just what Avril's horse, The Cat, needs.
Spirit Proof18 March 2001Mysterious things happen around Ballyk when Paul acquires a fishing license for the pub. Kathleen wins a car and takes driving lessons from Edso.
Paul Dooley Sleeps with the Fishes25 March 2001Paul has a large debt to pay to Liam and Donal, and he hasn't got much time. Avril gets an unpleasant shock when a couple arrives in Ballyk for the weekend.
In a Jam1 April 2001While Siobhan waits for medical test results, the village holds its annual fete where Fr Sheahan will judge the jam competition.
Getting Better All the Time8 April 2001A faith healer has Doc Ryan and Fr Mac annoyed as she holds tent meetings near the village, while Paul orders Liam and Donal to move a sacred mass rock. A friend of Vincent comes to the village hoping to get married in St Joseph's, despite having previously been divorced.
Smoke Signals15 April 2001In the final episode of Ballykissangel, Fr Mac is appalled when he learns about the wedding Fr Sheahan conducted. Paul gets a tempting offer, and someone is found taking cannabis from a nearby field.

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