Ballykissangel - Season 5

BBC (ended 2001)




Episode Guide

  • The Wedding
    The Wedding
    Episode 12
    It is the day before Niamh and Sean's Wedding and the men of the village are desperate for him to have a stag night. Sean isn't too excited about the prospect of a night around the bar in Fitzgerald's, so Uncle Minto suggest a Celtic ceremony instead. Sean agrees, and while Minto begins to consecrate the land for the celebration, Liam and Donal are plotting how they can turn this into a more conventional stag night involving alcohol. Meanwhile, the women are going on a pub crawl. When Sean arrives in the woods, and sees the party split, he insists that the men unite. Most of the men try Minto's potion and begin to notice strange things happening. Brendan is cured of a toothache, while Danny keeps seeing Rabbits! Later, Brian learns from Sean of the plans to move away from Ballykissangel. In Cilldargen, the woman, even Kathleen, are getting thoroughly inebriated. Siobhan is run off the road by a rogue driver. Frankie is called to investigate and asks Aidan to assist. The two are friends but realise that their different roles often separate them. Wilst in hot pursuit of the rogue driver, Frankie loses control and crashes her car. Despite Aidan fretting that he won't be in time to marry Niamh and Sean, they get to the church just in time. Also, Paul's ex-cellmate, Mickyo, arrives with some business plans, but Paul and Oonagh disagree over investing their savings with him, and the children, hearing about their parents financial worries, open the pub to help out. The wedding goes without a hitch. Brian makes a moving speech honouring the memory of Ambrose, and old ghosts are finally laid to rest. With Niamh, Sean and Kieran due to leave Ballykissangel forever, Quigley watches sadly as they drive away for their honeymoon, happily married at last.moreless
  • Love's Labours
    Love's Labours
    Episode 11
    Mairead has a crush on Aiden, but he doesn't realise this until she kisses him. Her mother wants answers, and Frankie has to question Aiden, who blames himself. Meanwhile, Niamh and Sean announce their engagement, and set about arranging the wedding. But Brendan is worried about his best man's speech, and Sean seems to be having second thoughts. Even Niamh is unsure: everything and everyone she knows are here in Ballykissangel, but she would rather leave and be with Sean. Liam and Donal, in a desperate attempt to find money for a wedding present, end up in the bookies. To their surprise they are lucky with the horses and before long they have raised the sum of two thousand pounds. An old man, who has been watching them proposes a game of cards. They play 'higher or lower' with the old man and have soon bet away all their money. That night, as they sit despondently at the bar of Fitzgerald's, Paul produces a parcel 'some old man' left for them. They open it to find a cut glass ornament of two lovers, the perfect present for Niamh and Sean.moreless
  • With a Song in My Heart
    Sean decides to go and see Niamh. . Father Aidan is having trouble getting people to join the choir, and Orla doesn't help by telling a few lies to the Dooley children. Also, there is a young girl with a wonderful voice whose mother doesn't want her to have anything do with the church. At the close an important question is raised.moreless
  • The Outsiders
    The Outsiders
    Episode 9
    Conor tells Orla that he has been offered some work in Spain, and wants to know if there is a future for them. She tells him to go. Frankie finds her own brand of justice for Paul - Community Service, painting the school gym. However, he gets all the others who had been involved in the illegal liquor scam to help him out, much to the dismay of Brian and Father Mac. Meanwhile, Brian has told Liam and Donal to cut the hedges at the golf course, but they get carried away with a bit of topiary. However, Brian is beginning to feel lonely with Niamh no longer around. When he sees the hedge, instead of telling the boys off he tells them he likes it, and asks them if they can do a giraffe - Kieran would like that. Then, he sees Sean outside Kathleen's shop, shopping for one, and gives him Niamh's address and telephone number.moreless
  • A Few Dollars More
    A Few Dollars More
    Episode 8
    Uncle Minto reckons that there is a fortune to be made with illegal spirits. He enlists the help of Liam and Donal to make it, and soon convinces Paul to buy a large consignment, behind Oonagh's back. Unfortunately, things don't go as they hope, and the scam does not go unnoticed - the pub's guest, Frankie, seems to know what's going on. A reluctant Orla lets Conor stay the night on her couch while his boat is being fixed. Things get decidedly awkward when he brings her breakfast in bed, and then Aidan arrives to see Conor doing the washing-up. Frankie turns out to be the new Garda.moreless
  • Brendan's Crossing
    Brendan's Crossing
    Episode 7
    The Headmaster's post is soon to be vacant and Brendan is in line for the job. He withdraws his name from the list of candidates when he sees a Christian Brother is one of the candidates, and with father Mac on the Board Brendan thinks the Brother has the job in the bag. When Sean points out that the Brother will be his boss, Brendan decides that he must go for the job, After a certain amount of swatting and worrying, he is successful. Paul is causing Oonagh problems: He decides to "recycle" the slops from the bar, takes in a paying guest for the night, even though there is no accommodation, and forces Orla to resign - briefly. Emma helps Danny's pig to give birth, and has to put up with Danny's mother hen act in the process.moreless
  • Behind Bars
    Behind Bars
    Episode 6
    Paul Dooley is released from prison, having spent six months inside for tax fraud. Now bankrupt he does not know that his wife, Oonagh, has arranged a new life for him and their two children, Dermott and Grainne, in Ballykissangel. Paul is furious. As the Dooleys move in, Niamh moves out, planning to leave the village and move to the outskirts of Dublin. As she waits for the key to arrive at the Estate Agent's, she goes to a pub where she and Sean have spent some time in the past. Sean, who had earlier spotted in town, is already there. He tries to avoid her, but fails, and they sit together and fantasise about what a future together might have been like. They say goodbye. Romance is blossoming for Orla and Conor - or rather it would if it were not for the interruptions. Conor plans a romantic evening at Orla's cottage, but she has invited half the village to a party to celebrate keeping her job at Fitzgerald's.moreless
  • Eureka
    Episode 5
    A woman representing Australian mining interests arrives in BallyK looking for a "man called Quigley". If Brian can prove his relationship to another Quigley from BallyK, who owned an Australian gold mine in 1854, he stands to earn half a million Australian dollars. Brian's attempts to prove his relationship with jack Quigley are ambushed several times by bad luck until he eventually uncovers the evidence. But there are doubts about the genuineness of the Australian offer. Orla unexpectedly invites a man onto Conor's boat. She claims that he is a writer for a fishing guide, and a favourable review in the book will give Conor's business the boost it needs. But, if he is an expert, why doe he not use the correct bait? Is it just part of an elaborate cover-up to keep his true reason for being on board hidden? Imelda arrives to help Niamh, but her criticisms and barbed comments are too much to bear, and there is a frank exchange of views.moreless
  • Moving Out
    Moving Out
    Episode 4
    Niamh has decided that she must move away from BallyK. The decision spurs Brian to sell Fitzgerald's. Two parties are interested. One is a retired civil servant from Dublin, who is looking for an investment. He manages to annoy Brian by talking about getting the pub "up to scratch". The second party is Oonagh Dooley, who is more interested in keeping the family atmosphere of the pub. Brian takes a liking to Oonagh, but he doesn't realise that she is the wife of his former enemy, Paul Dooley. When the deal with the civil servant falls through, Brian makes Oonagh and offer to rent the pub, leaving Niamh with some control. Emma and Sean fall out over driving lessons and Sean's and Niamh's relationship. Emma feels that Sean should be doing something. Niamh is grateful that Aidan has given her the freedom to make up her own mind.moreless
  • Catch of the Day
    Catch of the Day
    Episode 3
    Liam and Donal have been sent to buy washed sand for a bunker on Brian's golf course. With fifty pounds in their pockets they reckon that sand from the beach will be just as good. While they are loading the sand onto a lorry, a car drives past at speed, stops, and the occupants push a large wooden chest into the sea. Liam and Donal open the chest and even though they're not sure what the contents are, bring it home. They later discover that the caviar inside is worth a lot of money. Sean and Niamh have not spoken since the funeral. Niamh talks to Father Aidan in the confessional and his advice is that she has to decide what is best for her. After much indecision, she agrees to meet Sean. She tells him that she is going to leave BallyK. Meanwhile, Orla and Conor have their first date - if it is a date. They are both intensely competitive and they end up racing around a muddy course on Quad Bikes.moreless
  • Hello and Farewell
    Hello and Farewell
    Episode 2
    It is the eve of Ambrose's funeral. Sean arrives to give Niamh a gift. Brian opens the door and accepts it on her behalf. Niamh watches Sean from the window. The gift is a mourning brooch. The next day, all the villagers gather for the funeral. Aidan reads out a police statement from the couple saved by Ambrose before he fell to his death. He is pronounced a hero. After the burial the funeral party return to Fitzgerald's, but the tension is high between Niamh and Sean. He eventually leaves with Emma, unable to handle the situation, and he later confides to Emma the true nature of his relationship with Niamh. The following day, Siobhan and Niamh go for a walk with Kieran to Durrus Head, retracing the steps so often walked by the family. Ambrose often brought pebbles back from the beach, and would then return them so that they could shine once more: Niamh returns his pebbles to the beach. Sean and Brendan go fishing. Brendan doesn't press Sean into talking about Niamh, but does tell him to give her time. Later, after meeting Emma in Kathleen's shop, Niamh 'phones Sean. They meet and Niamh returns the brooch to Sean. She asks him to stay away for a while as she needs time on her own. Niamh then confesses to Sean her guilt over Ambrose's death: he died knowing she was going to leave him for Sean. Later, Brian tells Niamh to let go of Ambrose for the sake of Kieran and the future. Elsewhere, Orla has to move out of the Gard house, and encouraged by Kathleen she goes to view Murty Quinn's cottage, only to find Conor Devlin is the landlord. She falls in love with the cottage, and although part of the bargain is to look after Murty's kitchen garden and a pack of geese, she instantly agrees to rent the place. However, on moving in she discovers that living in a run down old cottage with wild geese outside isn't that much fun. After her first night, when the electricity blows, Conor goes into town to buy a spare part, but gets distracted by a leak in his boat. Orla, waiting for Conor, gets more frustrated and decides to go and look for him. When she discovers him in his boat drinking beer, she assumes he is slacking and announces that she will be moving out of the cottage that night. Feeling guilty for letting her down, Conor fixes up the cottage beautifully. When Orla returns she is delighted, and after hunting him down in a pub their friendship is confirmed by the promise of a future date. Meanwhile, Danny and Eamonn begin to plan their organic pig farm. Danny enlists the help of Liam and Donal to build his pig ark, but when he proves to be something of a tyrant they down tools.moreless
  • Two Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
    It is still the night of the bonfire party, which ended the previous series. Niamh decides she must tell Ambrose that the marriage is over. The next day, Niamh leaves Kieran with Siobhan and spends the day with Sean at the lake, and they discuss their future. Sean tells her that he loves her. Meanwhile, Ambrose goes for a walk by the shore at Durrus Head. He is engrossed in thought about his troubled marriage when he sees two people in difficulty on the rocks below. He shouts to tell them that he will try to find a way for them to escape the incoming tide. Elsewhere, a Frenchman called D'Argan, has come to challenge "the head man of the village" to a balloon race. Donal and Liam go to find Brian who is the closets they can think of. Brian is uninterested until he discovers that the event is to complete a race started 200 years previously, and that £40,000 is at stake. However, Monsieur D'Argan has forgotten that the French economy has had one major change since Napoleonic times. Inspector Foley comes to find Niamh. There has been a rescue attempt - not for the two tourists but for Ambrose, who has fallen down the cliff. As they arrive at Durrus Head the rescuers find Ambrose at the foot of the clidd - but is he only unconscious?moreless
  • Arrivals and Departures
    It's the eve of Niamh and Dillon's wedding. Liam and Donal have a stall selling alcohol and Uncle Minto's mysterious potion is having a strange effect on the men. The next day, Father Aidan joins Frankie on a special request to help the Toomeys but gets into a car crash. Aidan begins to fret that he might not make it back in time to marry Niamh and Dillon.moreless