'''Ballykissangel''' is a Creator/{{BBC}} show which aired from 1996 to 2001. Peter Clifford, an English Catholic priest, is sent from England to work in [[QuirkyTown a small Irish village]] named [[CutesyNameTown Ballykissangel]]. For three years, he tries to overcome the disadvantages of his nationality through community outreach, [[WorldOfSnark assimilation]], and drinking a great deal of lager.
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!!Tropes featured include:

* AlmostKiss: Twice in a row in "Ryan's Mother."
* BathtubScene: Ambrose gets one.
* BetaCouple: In the first three seasons, Niamh and Ambrose.
* BigGame: A very slight variant in episode two, where the OpposingSportsTeam are the underdogs.
* CannotHaveSexEver: Father Clifford, contractually.
* CannotTellAJoke: Padraig, after [[spoiler: Peter's mum dies]].
* CerebusSyndrome: The show starts out as a dramedy and gets gradually more serious.
* CharacterOutlivesActor: By the time BBC Ulster got around to reviving the show for its final series, actor Tony Doyle had died. Rather than kill off a main character offscreen (because theirs was a milieu where Death Is Always Big Onscreen Drama) they concocted a bizarre storyline in which his character, Brian Quigley, had become a fugitive from a federal tax evasion charge and had fled to Brazil. If he ever returned to Ireland, he'd spend his retirement in the pokey. When the plug was finally pulled on the programme, Brian was (apparently) still alive and living in Rio, but Tony was still beyond waiting for his cue.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Possibly the most justified case in 90s television.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Happy as a Turkey on Boxing Day"
* {{Confessional}}: Penitents bring a plot-relevant story almost OnceAnEpisode.
* CoolCar: Peter's [[spoiler: ill-fated]] Javelin.
* CoolTeacher: Brendan Kearney.
* {{Crossover}}: UsefulNotes/ComicRelief did one between ''Ballykissangel'' and ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' called "Ballykissdibley".
** There is also a homage at the start of an episode of ''FatherTed'', where as Assumpta falls for the newcomer Father Ted Crilly, Father Clifford is seen in the background, bags packed, trying to attract their attention to the fact he is leaving. All he gets is a cursory "bye" from Assumpta as she falls for Ted... (And then he wakes up in bed in the priests' house on Craggy island).
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Father Clifford decides to renounce his faith to marry Assumpta. Assumpta randomly gets electrocuted while mending a fuse box. Father Clifford's remaining faith is shattered, and he leaves forever, brokenhearted.]]
* HotForPreacher: Assumpta is, and she hates herself for it.
* IfIHadANickel: In "River Dance":
-->'''Assumpta''': Thanks for last night. You were good.\\
'''Enda''': If I had a pound for every time a woman said that to me...
* IOwnThisTown: Quigley thinks he does.
* KindlyVet: Siobhan will be your sympathetic ear, and also deliver your calves.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Zig-zagged with Nainsi in season three. She thinks [[spoiler: Padraig]] might be her father. [[spoiler: It's Father Mac.]]
* MeetCute: Virtually the whole cast meets Father Clifford in some unlikely fashion.
* MyLocal: Fitzgerald's.
* NoodleIncident: Apparently the first time Padraig tried his hand at homebrewing beer, it blew up in Brendan's face. Or something.
* NosyNeighbor: Kathleen Hendley.
* {{Oireland}}
* OneSteveLimit: An unusual example, where shady politician Sean Dooley returns in the fifth season as [[RetCon Paul Dooley]], presumably so the viewers won't confuse him with [[spoiler: Niamh's new love interest]], Sean ''Dillon''.
* OopNorth: Father Clifford was a Manchester native.
* RedOniBlueOni: Assumpta and Niamh.
* ShowWithinAShow: "Ryan's Mother."
** Of the StylisticSuck variety.
* StrawmanNewsMedia: This show took a generally dim view of journalists.
* SurprisePregnancy: [[spoiler: Siobhan and Brendan]]
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: An aged one-hit wonder appears in three episodes, during which he sings about being an aged musician and having the sort of romantic troubles any RomanticFalseLead might expect.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Both leads leave after season 4. Father Clifford gets replaced by Father Aiden O'Connell, an ex-monk, and later Father Vincent Sheahan, an Australian. Assumpta gets replaced by Niamh in season 4 and then Oonagh in season 5 as the Fitzgerald's landlady. The WillTheyOrWontThey plots get farmed out to other pairings.
* SuspiciouslySpecificSermon: Played with in the episode where the village has gone nuts over the radio report that the jackpot-winning lottery ticket was bought in the town store. Everyone's trying like mad to figure out which of their number has suddenly become rich, with Quigley in particular trying to get them to invest with him. Father [=MacAnally=], filling in for Clifford, gets fed up and delivers a hellfire-and-brimstone sermon on the SevenDeadlySins, particularly {{lust}} and {{greed}}. [[spoiler:But the sermon is short-circuited by one of the village kids coming into the church to reveal that the winner was announced to be a tourist from Dublin.]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: Quigley's employees Liam and Donnell.
* WillTheyOrWontThey Between Peter and Assumpta. Other couples in later seasons.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Brian Quigley has a new moneymaking venture every week, it seems.