Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Member

Stephanie Barczewski, Committee Chair

Committee Member

James Burns

Committee Member

Michael Silvestri


This thesis examines civilian evacuations in Ireland during the Second World War. Factors, such as Éire’s policy of neutrality, Anglo-Irish political tensions, and the relationship between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland, created a complex wartime environment in Ireland, which made the evacuations that took place there distinct from those in Britain. The primary focus of this thesis is government-sponsored evacuation from Great Britain to Ireland, and from the cities of Belfast and Londonderry to the countryside of Ireland. Its aim is to place these evacuations, which have been neglected by the historiographical record, in the context of government evacuation schemes within Britain and to show their exceptional nature.