Didn't Cromwell sell the dogs fattened on the defeated Irish to other Irish?The famous Irish writer Dean Jonathen Swift once proposed a modest solution to Irish poverty caused by having too many children when he suggested they could eat some of them.
To alleviate this new situation of poverty perhaps the under 40,s could eat some of the over 40,s..
"The more I think upon this scheme, the more reasonable it appears to me; and it ought by no means to be confined to Ireland; for, in all probability, we shall, in a very little time, be altogether as poor here as you are there. I believe, indeed, we shall carry it farther, and not confine our luxury only to the eating of parents; for I happened to peep once into a large assembly called Dail Eireann not far from Weston Hotel , and I found them roasting a great fat fellow, [Cowan I think]] For my own part, I had not the least inclination to a slice of him; but, if I guessed right, four or five of the company had a devilish mind to be at him.
With apologies to the late Dean