Daniel O’Connell 'The Liberator' lived a great and graphic life. Born in Kerry in 1775, he witnessed some of the most pivotal events in Irish and European history: the Penal Laws, the French Revolution, the 1798 Rebellion and the Great Famine. One of the greatest legal men in Europe, he put fear into opponents, judges and the British establishment alike. He shot and killed a man in a deadly duel, fought against slavery and spent time in jail. He also struggled with his weight and his debts, and was sometimes very vain.