As much as there were millions of victims of the Irish Hunger there are also millions of stories. Here is one that grabbed my attention:
“Assistance was sent to Ireland from all quarters, but in many cases it was prevented from reaching the people. The Sultan of Turkey sent (the equivalent of) $10,000, but half the sum was returned to him, not for the reason that it was not needed, but because the English Queen, who derived so large a proportion of her income from Ireland, could not spare to help her alleged “subjects” more than half of the Sultan’s contribution and would not allow him to give more than herself.”
Read into it what you may but this coming from the so powerful Queen Victoria, has to be considered at the very least, bizarre by any standards.
From: The Irish Race In America by Edward O’Meagher Condon