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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)
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 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)
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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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emotionally scarifying and embedded in real history, this is an intelligent attempt to capture how and why the "Hunger" happened.
7 May 2001 | by (Sydney Australia) – See all my reviews

Great ensemble piece not only for the McGanns but for a group of strong Irish actors (plus the estimable Michael Kitchen) this is an unflinchingly close up view of the effects of the pan-European potato famine in one tiny portion of the north of Ireland.

The script wisely avoids casting the English as "the villains" - rather it is the system of absentee English landlords and local grasping profiteers who break the community up. The crossfire of politics, starvation and government indifference creates enormous suffering, graphically portrayed and stunningly contrasted with the wild and romantic scenery.

Every descendent of the Irish diaspora should have a copy of this at home. But I'd recommend it to everyone.


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