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 Sean Phelan (4 episodes, 1995)
Mark McGann ...
 Conor Phelan (4 episodes, 1995)
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 Liam Phelan (4 episodes, 1995)
Stephen McGann ...
 Daniel Phelan (4 episodes, 1995)
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 Captain William Townsend (4 episodes, 1995)
Fiona Victory ...
 Maeve Phelan (4 episodes, 1995)
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 Mary Dolan (4 episodes, 1995)
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 Ferry (4 episodes, 1995)
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 Coulter (4 episodes, 1995)
Joe Pilkington ...
 James Phelan (4 episodes, 1995)
Ciarán Fitzgerald ...
 Joseph Phelan (4 episodes, 1995)
Ciara Marley ...
 Molly Phelan (4 episodes, 1995)
Dylan O'Connell ...
 Baby Hannah (4 episodes, 1995)
Birdy Sweeney ...
 Patrick Dolan (4 episodes, 1995)
Maire Ni Ghrainne ...
 Sarah Dolan (4 episodes, 1995)
Mal Whyte ...
 McBride (4 episodes, 1995)
Dave Duffy ...
 McCafferty (4 episodes, 1995)
Peter Caffrey ...
 Dr. Davis (4 episodes, 1995)
Joe Savino ...
 Meagher (4 episodes, 1995)
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 Harkin (4 episodes, 1995)
Gerry Walsh ...
 Brady (4 episodes, 1995)
Barry Barnes ...
 Michael Dolan (2 episodes, 1995)
Oliver Maguire ...
 Mr. Denny (2 episodes, 1995)
Maureen McBride ...
 Mrs. Brogan (2 episodes, 1995)
Albie Woodington ...
 Sergeant Major (2 episodes, 1995)
George Shane ...
 Brewster (2 episodes, 1995)
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 Kerryman (2 episodes, 1995)
Alan Stanford ...
 Henry Jenkins (2 episodes, 1995)
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 Brian Sweeney (2 episodes, 1995)
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 Martin Sweeney (2 episodes, 1995)
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The four brothers of the Phelan family battle to save their farm and their family from the ravages of the Irish Potato Famine in 1846, and from an English land agent who takes a dislike to them. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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The Phelan brothers are played by the real life brothers; Joe, Mark, Paul and Stephen McGann, on whose family saga this story is based. See more »

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Fairly well balanced
7 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let's not get carried away with calling it a pan-European blight. England isn't the villain, but the RM (played by Kitchen) is an agent not just of the Landlord but of the English government and its Laissez faire procedure. That's what I like about it - there's no blatant condemnation, but one gets the feel of what the Irish, supposedly full members of the Act of Union, really got from the powers that be along with their own share of greed and folly. It touches on the social, political, and most importantly, moral situations confronted by these benighted folk. Although it does not show the horrors of the workhouses, it does portray the idiocy of the 'works' projects. Most spectacularly, we see how family, the mainstay of Irish culture, is brought to its knees and nearly destroyed totally. It's also one of the few films where women in seemingly minor positions display amazing feats of strength, both physical and spiritual. Probably the most balanced film on this subject to date.


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