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Series cast summary:
Joe McGann ...  Sean Phelan 4 episodes, 1995
Mark McGann ...  Conor Phelan 4 episodes, 1995
Paul McGann ...  Liam Phelan 4 episodes, 1995
Stephen McGann ...  Daniel Phelan 4 episodes, 1995
Michael Kitchen ...  Captain William Townsend 4 episodes, 1995
Fiona Victory ...  Maeve Phelan 4 episodes, 1995
Tina Kellegher ...  Mary Dolan 4 episodes, 1995
Sean McGinley ...  Ferry 4 episodes, 1995
Gerard McSorley ...  Coulter 4 episodes, 1995
Joe Pilkington Joe Pilkington ...  James Phelan 4 episodes, 1995
Ciarán Fitzgerald ...  Joseph Phelan 4 episodes, 1995
Ciara Marley Ciara Marley ...  Molly Phelan 4 episodes, 1995
Dylan O'Connell Dylan O'Connell ...  Baby Hannah 4 episodes, 1995
Birdy Sweeney Birdy Sweeney ...  Patrick Dolan 4 episodes, 1995
Maire Ni Ghrainne Maire Ni Ghrainne ...  Sarah Dolan 4 episodes, 1995
Mal Whyte Mal Whyte ...  McBride 4 episodes, 1995
Dave Duffy ...  McCafferty 4 episodes, 1995
Peter Caffrey Peter Caffrey ...  Dr. Davis 4 episodes, 1995
Joe Savino ...  Meagher 4 episodes, 1995
B.J. Hogg B.J. Hogg ...  Harkin 4 episodes, 1995
Gerry Walsh Gerry Walsh ...  Brady 4 episodes, 1995
Barry Barnes Barry Barnes ...  Michael Dolan 2 episodes, 1995
Oliver Maguire Oliver Maguire ...  Mr. Denny 2 episodes, 1995
Maureen McBride Maureen McBride ...  Mrs. Brogan 2 episodes, 1995
Albie Woodington Albie Woodington ...  Sergeant Major 2 episodes, 1995
George Shane George Shane ...  Brewster 2 episodes, 1995
Frank O'Sullivan Frank O'Sullivan ...  Kerryman 2 episodes, 1995
Alan Stanford Alan Stanford ...  Henry Jenkins 2 episodes, 1995
Ian Beattie ...  Brian Sweeney 2 episodes, 1995
Stephen Kennedy ...  Martin Sweeney 2 episodes, 1995


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 <>

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2 May 1995 (Ireland) See more »

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County Donegal, Ireland

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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 jefureySee 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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