As Fitzgerald's closes, it could be the start of a beautiful friendship for Vincent and Father Mac.
Vincent needs a leap of faith if he is to be true to his best friend. The arrival of a faith-healer and a truculent Father Mac only adds to his problems.
Competiton leads to tensions before the parish fete whilst something appears to be bothering Siobhan.
When Avril's ex husband arrives in town, Vincent fights to provide her some solace.
The ghost of an old highwayman returns to haunt the village when Dooley appropriates some ancient fishing rights originally granted to the pub. Meanwhile, Kathleen causes havoc as she learns to drive.
Grainne's pet goat suddenly becomes indispensable after meeting Avril's horse, The Cat.
Frankie stops Vincent for drunk-driving.
Vincent Sheahan, the new Australian priest arrives and plays detective when an on-line confessional gets out of control.
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.
Frankie has organized a raft-racing event Aidan and choirgirl Mairead are team partners, Orla and Danny are another. With the race in full swing, Mairead pretends to twist her ankle, kisses Aidan, and then runs away into the forest. Meanwhile, Niamh and Dillon are back to announce their engagement and discuss wedding plans. Everything seems fine until Niamh discovers Dillon at Ambrose's grave.
Father Aidan is church choir auditions look bleak, until the young Mairead enchants him with her beautiful voice. It is the anniversary of Dillon's wife and Emma's mother's death. Meanwhile, Orla is enjoying the comforts of Quigley's house, even inviting Frankie to share in the saunas and champagne. But things go horribly wrong when Liam and Donal turn up seeking distraction from the choir.
Paul prepares for his punishment and discovers he is to dedicate 50 hours redecorating the school gym. On seeing the amount of work to be done, Dooley recruits the equally guilty Liam, Donal, Minto and Danny. Chaos ensues, until Dermot suggests turning the decorating into a mural project involving the whole school. Quigley stuns Dillon by giving him Niamh's address and telephone number in Dublin.
Uncle Minto is back, making cheap, illegal liquor. Dillon stands in for Siobhan to help judge the Best Pet Competition and upsets the local snob. While Conor's boat is being fixed, he asks Orla if he can stay in the cottage. She agrees, reluctantly and things become more awkward. Meanwhile in Dublin, Niamh begs Siobhan not to tell Dillon how desperately unhappy she is.
Brendan and Brother Dominic are up for the post of headmaster of Ballykissangel National School. At Fitzgerald's, Dooley, keen as ever to make a penny rents the upstairs room to a visiting school governor and needs it painted fast, while barmaid Orla finds herself in the middle of a dispute. Elsewhere, Danny's pig, Una, plays Cupid.
Ex-prisoner Paul Dooley arrives in Ireland to discover he and his family are moving to Ballykissangel, home of his old enemy, Brian Quigley. Niamh is set to move to Dublin as the shadow of Ambrose still lingers. Elsewhere, Orla is finishing her cottage renovation and fending off Conor's advances. Oblivious, Conor prepares a surprise romantic dinner and is thwarted by Orla's planned dinner party.
It is Kieran's birthday Ambrose's mother, has come to stay and nothing Niamh does seems to meet her standards. To make matters worse, Kieran wants a puppy, and the only person who has puppies for sale is Dillon. Elsewhere, Orla has been trying to build business for Conor by getting his fishing trips into a local guidebook. Believing Mick Doyle to be the editor, she invites him onto Conor's boat.
Births, deaths and mariages.
Father Peter Clifford is now firmly established in the County Wicklow village, despite Father Mac's efforts to have him sent back to Manchester, England. However, feelings between him and Assumpta are threatening to lead into forbidden waters. Niamh and Ambrose try to become parents.
Brian Quigley has his eye on Fitzgerald's bar, which is being sold at auction following Assumpta's tragic death. But the wealthy Mrs. Bella Mooney might thwart his plans. The villagers eagerly await the arrival of their new priest, Father Aidan O'Connell, but it is his sister, the wild Orla - fresh from backpacking round the Far East and Tasmania - who attracts more interest.
Kicking off where Season 4 ended - the night of the village bonfire - life for the villagers of Ballykissangel takes a few unexpected twists. Among them, Sean Dillon's love for Niamh suffers a setback when it is realized her husband has died.
When Father Peter Clifford arrives from Manchester, he knows he will be facing some opposition. Can this former inner city priest contend with the long-established ways of the villagers and their eccentricities and superstitions?
There's a sad goodbye and new arrivals in Ballykissangel: Quigley, the irrepressible entrepreneur has departed suddenly, but Australian priest, Father Vincent Sheahan, has joined the fold and is soon learning the ways of the villagers. From Dermot's online confessional to a surprise takeover at the pub, there's every reason to return to the idyllic village.
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