Infobox Television
show_name = Ballykissangel

caption = Series title card
format = Drama
runtime = 50 min
executive_producer = Conor Harrington
Alan Moloney
starring = Dervla Kirwan
Stephen Tompkinson
Tony Doyle
Colin Farrell
theme_music_composer =
opentheme =
endtheme =
country = Ireland
location = Enniskerry & Avoca, County Wicklow, Ireland
language = English
network = BBC 1
first_aired = 1 February 1996
last_aired = 1 April 2001
num_series = 6
num_episodes = 57
website =
imdb_id = 0115105
tv_com_id = 4746

"Ballykissangel" was a BBC television drama set in Ireland, produced in-house by BBC Northern Ireland. The original story revolved around a young English priest as he became part of a rural community. It ran for six series, which were first broadcast on BBC One in the UK from 1996 to 2001. A significant change in the cast occurred between the third and fourth series and to a lesser extent between the fifth and sixth.

The name of the fictional village in which the show was set is derived from Ballykissanne, a townland near Killorglin in County Kerry, where the show's creator, Kieran Prendiville, holidayed with his family as a child. The village's name in Irish is shown as "Baile Coisc Aingil", which means "The town of the fallen angel" on the sign outside the post office. "Ballykissangel" is often affectionately called BallyK by its fans.

The show was filmed in Avoca & Enniskerry in County Wicklow.

Characters and cast

* Father Peter Clifford (Stephen Tompkinson) (1-3) is a young English curate, newly arrived in Ballykissangel.
* Assumpta Fitzgerald (Dervla Kirwan) (1-3) owns the local pub.
* Father MacAnally (Niall Toibin) (1-6) is the veteran parish priest and Fr. Clifford's superior.
* Brian Quigley (Tony Doyle) (1-5) is a local entrepreneur, ambitious and a bit dodgy.
* Ambrose Egan (Peter Hanly) (1-5) is a young by-the-book garda.
* Niamh Quigley/Egan (Tina Kellegher) (1-6) is Brian Quigley's daughter, romantically involved with Ambrose.
* Kieran Egan (Sam Farrar) (3-5)
* Leo (James Nesbitt) Assumpta's boyfriend from College.
* Siobhan Mehigan (Deirdre Donnelly) (1-6) is the local veterinarian.
* Brendan Kearney (Gary Whelan) (1-6) is a schoolteacher.
* Padraig O'Kelly (Peter Caffrey) (1-4) runs the auto service station.
* Kevin O'Kelly (John Cleere) (2-4) is Padraig's son.
* Dr Michael Ryan (Bosco Hogan) (1-6) is the local doctor.
* Kathleen Hendley (Aine Ni Mhuiri) (1-6) owns the local general store.
* Liam Coghlan (Joe Savino) (1-6) works for Brian Quigley and is not so bright.
* Donal Docherty (Frankie McCafferty) (1-6) works for Brian Quigley and is even worse than Liam.
* Eamonn Byrne (Birdy Sweeney) (1-5) is an elderly sheep farmer.
* Danny Byrne (Colin Farrell) (4-5) is Eamonn's young nephew.
* Kevin D'arcy (Keith Brennan) (4-6) is Dannys best friend, sleeping with Kathleen Hendey.
* Paddy Maguire (Anton Broadberry) (2) is a troubled youth from Dublin. ***There was never a character named "Paddy McGuire"!
* Nora Harrigan (Catherine Byrne) is Kathleen's cousin.
* Sean Dillon (Lorcan Cranitch) (4-5) a computer programmer long moved away to London, he returns after the death of his wife.
* Emma Dillon (Kate McEnery) (4-5) is Sean's daughter.
* Father Aidan O'Connell (Don Wycherley) (4-5) is the new curate.
* Orla O'Connell (Victoria Smurfit) (4-5) is Father O'Connell's sister.
* Frankie Sullivan (Catherine Cusack) (5-6) is a new female garda.
* Father Vincent Sheahan (Robert Taylor) (6) is the new curate from Australia.
* Avril Burke (Susannah Doyle) (6) is a horse trainer.
* Edso Dowling (Paul Ronan) (6) runs the auto service station.
* Paul Dooley (Owen Roe) (1-2, 5-6) the character was called 'Sean Dooley' in the earlier episodes.
* Oonagh Dooley (Marion O'Dwyer) (5-6) is Paul's wife.
* Dermot Dooley (Ciaran Owens) (5-6) is Paul and Oonagh's son.
* Grainne Dooley (Katie Cullen) (5-6) is Paul and Oonagh's daughter.
* Superintendent Foley (Alan Barry) (2-5) the local garda superintendent.


Directors of the show include:
*N.G. Bristow
*Chris Clough
*Mike Cocker
*Paul Duane
*Peter Lydon
*Alan Macmillan
*Simon Massey
*Richard Standeven


External links

* [ "Ballykissangel"] at
* [ "Ballykissangel"] at World Productions
* [ "Ballykissangel"] at the British Film Institute

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