To this end we follow the life of William A’Court, better known as Baron Heytesbury – the Lord Leuitenant of Ireland appointed in 1844. The show looks at the problems facing Irish society – sectarianism, the political controversy around the Movement for the Repeal of the Act of Union and the Poor Law. It also looks at why there was every reason to be hopeful about the future with the approach of that fateful harvest in 1845.

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