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When a Child Is Born 

Just a few days away from giving birth, Niamh seems to be handling the situation far better than Ambrose is. And at the church a sweating statue has everyone, except for Father Clifford, believing in miracles.


Paul Harrison


Kieran Prendiville (creator), Barry Devlin


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
Áine Ní Mhuirí Áine Ní Mhuirí ... Kathleen Hendley (as Aine Ní Mhúirí)
Barry McGovern Barry McGovern ... Con Casey


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Brian Quigley is scheming again when he gets the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a major investment. To make it work he needs to buy some of Eamon's land, which he wants to get on the cheap. Padraig O'Kelly gets a job with Quigley's newspaper and gets the story of a lifetime when parishioners discover that one of statues in the church is sweating. His friends at the pub don't take kindly to the fact that he's now working for Quigley. It's immediately hailed as a miracle but Father Clifford knows there has to be a hoaxer at work and just hopes it isn't Padraig. Liam and Donal also benefit when their new venture, a chip stand, benefits from all the extra church-goers showing up. Assumpta's poor choice of words goes to the very heart of Peter's beliefs. Niamh is about a week away from giving birth and Ambrose's mother comes for a visit which leads to an unhealthy rise in her blood pressure. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Drama



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[first lines]
Ambrose Egan: Right. One last check. Nightie?
Niamh Egan: Got my nightie.
Ambrose Egan: Toothbrush? Slippers? Soap?
Niamh Egan: They give you soap in the hospital. Mind that bus!
[Ambrose pulls onto the shoulder to miss the bus]
Ambrose Egan: Remember what the nurse said: keep up the breathing rhythm; rise to the contractions. Coat! You've forgotten your coat.
Niamh Egan: It's in the boot. I haven't forgotten anything.
[the car sputters to a stop]
Niamh Egan: What's happening?
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1 March 1998 (UK) See more »

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