Telecast: Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 1981
Six hour mini-series
(3 episodes - 2 hr. each)
ABC television network

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This handsome romantic drama chronicling the lives of two 19th-century families - one Irish, the other English - and the American dynasties they began, was the collaborative work of daytime soap opera queen Agnes Nixon (creator of "All My Children") and British writer Rosemary Anne Sisson (creator of  "Upstairs, Downstairs"). The three-part, six-hour saga, the work of two directors and three photographers, served ultimately to introduce to American audiences Irish actor Pierce Brosnan, playing Rory O'Manion, who rises from immigrant to successful Philadelphia businessman and Union Army Captain during the American Civil War. Kate Mulgrew plays Rachel Clement, who captures the heart of and eventually marries Rory O'Manion. Filmed entirely in and around Dublin (which doubled for Philadelphia of the middle 1800s).
Source: Movies Made For Television: The Telefeature and the Mini-Series 1964-1986 by Alvin H. Marill
Kathleen Beller Maureen O'Brian
Pierce Brosnan Rory O'Manion
Steve Forrest James Kent
Peter Gilmore Jim O'Brian
Nicholas Hammond Padraic/Sean
Simon MacCorkindale David Clement
Kate Mulgrew Rachel Clement
Barbara Parkins Charlotte Kent
Linda Purl Deirdre O'Manion
Anthony Quayle Lord Montgomery
Siman Rouse Eamon Fleming
David Soult Caleb Staunton
T P McKenna Harry Clement
James Greene  Shane O'Manion
Harry Towb Michael O'Connor
James Coyle John Houlihan
Jim Culleton Brian - as a Child
Struan Rodger Brian - as an Adult
Deirdre Lawless  Mollie O'Brian
Tom Jordan Seamus Doherty
Laurence Foster Sam O'Shea
Pat Layde O'Casey
John Murphy Dr. Fleming
Andrew Harris Noonan
Tom Hickey Kerrington
Julie Hamilton Mrs. Doherty
Julian Curry Colonel Maitland