Operation Shamrock

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This article is about a World War II era humanitarian effort. For the spy program, see Project Shamrock.
The Tree Faites in St Stephens Green, Dublin, donated by the German government in thanks for Operation Shamrock.

Operation Shamrock was a plan to bring German children to Ireland from post-World War II Germany.[1]

Between 1945 and 1946, the Irish Red Cross's Operation Shamrock resettled over a thousand children from war-torn Germany, Austria, France, and England. Most of these children were later repatriated to their homelands, but some were adopted by their Irish host families.

On 27 July 1946 a group of 88 exhausted and bewildered German children arrived by boat at Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin. Within months hundreds of German children had arrived in Ireland, some as young as 3 years. Some had lost their parents in the war; others had their homes destroyed. The children were placed with foster families then returned to Germany, though some stayed and were adopted by new Irish parents.

About 50 German children stayed in Ireland and married Irish partners. A fountain was donated by the German government at St Stephens Green in Dublin, marking Germany's thanks for Operation Shamrock.


  1. ^ "Historical Notes: Booming benefits of `Operation Shamrock'". Findarticles.com. Retrieved 2012-12-30. [dead link]

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