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Ballyk title card.jpg
Series title card
Format Drama
Starring Dervla Kirwan
Stephen Tompkinson
Tony Doyle
Colin Farrell
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 6
No. of episodes 58 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Conor Harrington
Alan Moloney
Location(s) Enniskerry and Avoca, County Wicklow, Ireland
Running time 50 minutes
Original channel BBC One
Original run 11 February 1996 (1996-02-11) – 15 April 2001 (2001-04-15)
External links
Fitzgerald's, a pub in Avoca that was used as a primary exterior set in the series.

Ballykissangel is a BBC television drama set in Ireland, produced in-house by BBC Northern Ireland. The original story revolved around a young English Roman Catholic priest as he became part of a rural community. It ran for six series, which were first broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom from 1996 to 2001. It aired in Ireland on RTÉ One and in Australia on ABC TV from 1996 to 2001. Reruns currently air on Drama in the United Kingdom and in the United States on some PBS affiliates.

Significant changes in the cast occurred at the end of series 3 following the departure of central characters, Peter Clifford and Assumpta Fitzgerald.[1]

The show faced a decline in ratings from a peak level of 10 million viewers to 4.8 million[2] and was eventually cancelled in 2001.[3]

The name of the fictional village in which the show was set is derived from Ballykissane, 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 Aingeal", which means "The town of the fallen angel" on the sign outside the post office.[4]

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


Character Series
Series 1 (1996) Series 2 (1997) Series 3 (1997–1998) Series 4 (1998) Series 5 (1999) Series 6 (2001)

The clergy[edit]

Father Frank MacAnally Niall Toibin
Father Peter Clifford Stephen Tompkinson
Father Aidan O'Connell Don Wycherley
Father Vincent Sheahan Robert Taylor

Landladies/bar staff[edit]

Assumpta Fitzgerald Dervla Kirwan
Niamh Quigley Tina Kellegher
Orla O'Connell Victoria Smurfit
Oonagh Dooley Marion O'Dwyer


Ambrose Egan Peter Hanly
Frankie Sullivan Catherine Cusack

The other villagers[edit]

Donal Docherty Frankie McCafferty
Liam Coghlan Joe Savino
Siobhan Mehigan Deirdre Donnelly
Brendan Kearney Gary Whelan
Kathleen Hendley Aine Ni Mhuiri
Brian Quigley Tony Doyle
Dr Michael Ryan Bosco Hogan
Eamon Byrne Birdy Sweeney
Padraig O'Kelly Peter Caffrey
Sean Dillon Lorcan Cranitch
Emma Dillon Kate McEnery
Danny Byrne Colin Farrell
Paul Dooley Owen Roe Owen Roe
Dermot Dooley Ciaran Owens
Grainne Dooley Katie Cullen
Avril Burke Susannah Doyle
Edso Dowling Paul Ronan
Louis Dargan Mick Lally
Kevin O'Kelly John Cleere
Kieran Egan Sam Farrar


The programme ran for six series from 11 February 1996 to 15 April 2001. Almost all episodes were 50 minutes in duration.

DVD release[edit]

All six series have been released in Region 1, 2 and 4. In 2010, four years after the release of series 5, series 6 was released on Region 2, along with a box set of series 1-6.

The ninth episode of series 3, "The Waiting Game", is omitted from the Region 2 series 3 DVD. This is not the case for Region 1 (North America) sets, which contain this episode.


External links[edit]