Ballykissangel (1996–2001)

As Happy as a Turkey on Boxing Day 

Christmas is looking a bit dreary for Peter, Assumpta and Brian who all have their own troubles. But things get a bit more exciting on Christmas Day when Padraig's son Kevin falls down a mine shaft.


Dermot Boyd


Kieran Prendiville (creator), Barry Devlin


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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)
John Cleere John Cleere ... Kevin O'Kelly


It's Christmas-time in Ballykissangel but it's not necessarily a happy time for everyone. Father Clifford is a bit lonely and more than a little surprised when Eamon delivers the turkey he won - alive and thriving. Father McAnally stops by with his nephew Timmy, a seminarian who will be taking his final vows in the spring. As is the custom, seminarians spend their last Christmas before taking vows in the parish and that means Timmy will be staying with Peter. Assumpta is hoping to have a group of university friends for Christmas dinner but it all falls apart. Ambrose's mother-in-law comes for a visit which means Brian Quigley plans on a week's skiing holiday in Switzerland. Trying on his skis at home gets the better of him however. For Padraig O'Kelly, he's wondering what happened to the fifty quid he had stashed away. His son Kevin finds some rather expensive gifts under Con O'Neill's bed and follows him to a cave where he has a stash of goods. An accident rallies everyone in the ... Written by garykmcd

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21 December 1997 (UK) See more »

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Assumpta Fitzgerald: [Peter, Fr. Mac, and Timmy enter the pub] The Three Wise Men?
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Traditional, music first published by Cecil J. Sharp, arranged by H. Walford Davies
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