Bracken (TV series)

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GenreSoap opera
Created byWesley Burrowes
Directed byNoel O'Briain
StarringGabriel Byrne
Niall Tóibín
Joe Lynch
Mick Lally
Country of originIreland
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12
Production locationCounty Wicklow
Running time42–55 minutes
Original release
NetworkRTÉ 1
Release6 January 1980 (1980-01-06)[1] –
1 January 1982 (1982-01-01)

Bracken is a television drama serial broadcast from 1980 to 1982 on RTÉ 1 in Ireland, depicting rural life in and around County Wicklow. Created and written by Wesley Burrowes, it starred Gabriel Byrne and Niall Tóibín.

The show is chiefly known for being the link between two long standing RTÉ series, in that Gabriel Byrne's character, Pat Barry, had first appeared in The Riordans, towards the end of that show's run.[2] The characters of Dinny and Miley Byrne, played by Joe Lynch and Mick Lally, first appeared on this series, they were later to become the central stars of Glenroe. Each of the three series were created by Wesley Burrowes.



  1. ^ RTE Archives: First Episode of "Bracken"
  2. ^ Meagher, John (24 January 2001). "A tale of two soaps". Irish Independent.

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