Ballykissangel - The New Arrival
By Hugh Miller
Father Peter Clifford's arrival in the rural Irish town of Ballykissangel comes as something of a shock both to
him and the local residents.
It's by no means the sleepy backwater he was expecting - and the locals don't find their new priest half a
ridiculous as they'd have liked.
Can an Englishman ever really fit in in Ballykissangel?
The locals comprise a host of memorable characters.
There's entrepreneur and wheeler dealer Brian Quigley who has just installed an automated confessional -
complete with fax machine - in the church and Niamh, his daughter, who rather suprisingly looks to father Peter for
advice on premarital sex.
And there's Father Mac, the parish priest, who is fond of a drink but rather less fond of English clergy, as
well as the beautiful, fiery and fiercely anti-clerical Assumpta Fitzgerald in whom Father Peter finds a very
attractive sparring partner...