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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)
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 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)
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 McCafferty (4 episodes, 1995)
Peter Caffrey ...
 Dr. Davis (4 episodes, 1995)
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 Meagher (4 episodes, 1995)
B.J. Hogg ...
 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)
Frank O'Sullivan ...
 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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A Glimpse into a Dark Period of History
9 November 2008 | by (Annapolis, Maryland) – See all my reviews

The Hanging Gale is another excellent example of a made for television mini-series. Its subject is the devastation to one family resulting from the Irish potato famine of the mid 1800's in which half of the population of Ireland was depleted either by death or emigration.

The cast is headed by four acting brothers - Joe, Mark, Paul, and Stephen McGann - who give powerful performances as brothers in Ireland fighting - politically and physically - to save their land from the British landlord. The most intriguing performance in the film is given by Michael Kitchen as the landlord's agent.

Townsend, the agent, is certainly not a Simon Legree, but he is a complex man who seems to make many wrong decisions despite himself. Even though he is educated and obviously has the means and moral sense to overcome the landlord, it seems that he becomes as much a victim as the starving tenant farmers.

The superior acting all 'round and the excellent production values of the film enable the viewer to vicariously experience what it must have been like for these extraordinarily poor people as their very ability to exist withered away. This is a powerful film that gives you a glimpse into a dark period of history.


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