Long-running Irish soap opera.




1979   1978   1972  


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Series cast summary:
Moira Deady Moira Deady ...  Mary Riordan 7 episodes, 1972-1979
John Cowley John Cowley ...  Tom Riordan 6 episodes, 1972-1979
Biddy White Lennon Biddy White Lennon ...  Maggie Riordan 6 episodes, 1972-1979
Joe Pilkington Joe Pilkington ...  Eamon Maher 5 episodes, 1972-1979
Gabriel Byrne ...  Pat Barry 4 episodes, 1978-1979
Annie D'Alton Annie D'Alton ...  Minnie Brennan 4 episodes, 1972-1979
Tom Hickey Tom Hickey ...  Benjy Riordan 3 episodes, 1972-1979
Chris O'Neill Chris O'Neill ...  Michael Riordan 3 episodes, 1972-1979
Mary Kearns Mary Kearns ...  Delia Maher 3 episodes, 1979
Rebecca Wilkinson Rebecca Wilkinson ...  Jude Hyland / ... 2 episodes, 1972-1978
Vincent Smith Vincent Smith ...  Murph 2 episodes, 1979
Pat Leavy Pat Leavy ...  Mrs. Murphy 2 episodes, 1979
Tony Doyle ...  Father Sheehy 2 episodes, 1972-1979
Gerry Sullivan Gerry Sullivan ...  Owen Howard 2 episodes, 1979


Long-running Irish soap opera.

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Release Date:

4 January 1965 (Ireland) See more »

Filming Locations:

County Meath, Ireland See more »

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Fantastic Real life Show.
16 December 2008 | by microx96002See all my reviews

It ran 30 minutes originally and in black and white, but by the end of it's run, was 60 minutes and in colour. I doubt that any episodes exist. Supposedly, RTE destroyed all the tapes of this show, at least the earliest ones anyway. This was an excellent weekly soap, that combined comedy, drama, tragedy in the ordinary day to day lives of the Riordan family and the other inhabitants of Leastown, a fictional village set in county Kilkenny, but filmed in Dundalk (I think). It made a household name of Gabriel Byrne in it's final couple of seasons. It ran 1965 to 1979. The main cast John Cowley, Moira Deady Anne D'Alton etc were there from beginning to end. The show stopped the entire country every Sunday night for one hour. And the cast became so synonymous with their characters, that John Cowley (playing farmer Tom Riordan) a Dublin City man, often got letters from real farming communities asking his advice on farming problems. I would love if RTE would bring the existing episodes out on DVD, in their original length and running order (as the show usually had a running story line) and not botch it up like they have with other classic shows.

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