4th September – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

4th September

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles 

Wednesday 4 September 1974

Brian Faulkner and a group of his supporters launched the Unionist Party of Northern Ireland (UPNI).

Saturday 4 September 1976

There was a Peace People’s rally in Derry which was attended by approximately 2500 people. [During the following weeks there were a number of rallies all over Ireland and Britain. Ciaran McKeown directed the movement. The Peace People were criticised by both Republicans and Loyalists and some of those taking part suffered intimidation.]

Friday 4 September 1981

The family of Matt Devlin, then on day 52 of his hunger strike, intervened and asked for medical treatment to save his life.

Wednesday 4 September 1985

A Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) base in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, was seriously damaged in an Irish Republican Army (IRA) mortar attack. The base was used to train new recruits.

Saturday 4 September 1993 to Saturday 11 September 1993

There was a suspension in Irish Republican Army (IRA) attacks for one week. Commentators believed this was done to coincide with a visit by an Irish-American fact-finding group to Ireland led by Bruce Morrison (former United States Democratic congressman). The group requested a meeting with Sinn Féin (SF). The meeting with SF was considered important by the Irish-American group, which had talks over 3 days with political leaders in Dublin and Belfast. The group believed that SF’s inclusion in the peace process was essential to bring about an end to violence.

[This was the second temporary ceasefire during 1993 – the first in May coincided with the visit of the then co-chairman of the Irish group, former mayor of Boston, but fizzled out according to Republican sources when his expected meeting with SF failed to take place.]

Monday 4 September 1994

The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) left a car bomb outside a Sinn Féin (SF) office in west Belfast. Local people living along border roads in County Fermanagh and County Tyrone reopened several roads that had been closed and blocked by the British Army.

[In the following weeks there were to be further unofficial openings of blocked border roads around Northern Ireland.]

Monday 4 September 1995

Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), had a meeting with Patrick Mayhew, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, at Stormont. The meeting failed to resolve the deadlock over the issues of decommissioning of paramilitary weapons and the start of all-party talks.

Wednesday 4 September 1996

See Billy Wright

There was a rally in Portadown, County Armagh, in support of Billy Wright and Alex Kerr. The rally was addressed by William McCrea, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Member of Parliament.

Thursday 4 September 1997

Over 600 guests paid $500 a plate at a fund-raising dinner on behalf of Sinn Féin (SF) in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. The main speaker was Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF).

Saturday 4 September 1999

The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) held a meeting to decide on its approach to the Mitchell Review of the Good Friday Agreement. It was decided that representatives of the party would take part in the review. There was also a meeting of the Sinn Féin (SF) Ard Comhairle at which the decision was taken to participate in the Mitchell Review.

Tuesday 4 September 2001

Approximately 50 children, together with their parents, attempted to enter the Holy Cross Girls’ Primary School by the main entrance on the Ardoyne Road in north Belfast. Loyalist protestors tried to block access to the school and shouted abuse and threw stones at the children and their parents. Some of the children were forced to turn back from the school. There was a heavy security force presence in the area from early morning to secure a route to the front door of the school.

A Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officer was injured when a blast-bomb was thrown by Loyalists in Glenbryn Parade near the school.

[This was the second day of the current round of Loyalist protest at the school. A stand-off at the school had begun on 19 June 2001.]

Thomas McDonald (16), a Protestant boy, was knocked down and killed by a ‘hit-and-run’ motorist as he cycled through the Longlands estate in north Belfast. A woman (32) was later arrested by the RUC. [RUC officers stated that they were investigating a possible sectarian motive for the incident.

On 6 September 2001 the woman appeared before Belfast Magistrate’s Court charged with murder. A 15 year old boy and a 20 year old man were charged in the same court with attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to the killing.] There was serious rioting during the evening and night in the Glenbryn area close to the Holy Cross school. A crowd of Loyalists from the area attacked patrolling security forces with bricks, bottles, stones, fireworks, and ballbearings. Two RUC officers were injured during the riot. A volley of shots was also heard in the Glenbryn estate.

A blast bomb was thrown in the Twaddell Avenue area as police baton-charged rioters. A police officer was injured in the blast. Two cars were hijacked and set on fire and rioters pushed them towards police vehicles. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission published a series of proposals detailing what it believed should be contained in any future bill of rights for Northern Ireland. [Details at NIHRC website {external_link}]


Remembering all innocent victims of the Troubles

Today is the anniversary of the follow  people killed as a results of the conflict in Northern Ireland

To the innocent on the list – Your memory will live forever

– To  the Paramilitaries  –

“There are many things worth living for, a few things worth dying for, but nothing worth killing for.

4 People lost their lives on the 4th September  between 1970 – 1992

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04 September 1970
Michael Kane,   (35)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died in premature bomb explosion at electricity transformer, New Forge Lane, Malone, Belfast.

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04 September 1971
John Warnock,   (18) nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA)
Killed in land mine attack on British Army (BA) mobile patrol passing Derrybeg Park, Newry, County Down

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04 September 1980


Ross Hearst,   (56)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Abducted outside friend’s home, Silver Stream, near Monaghan. Found shot several hours later, Wards Cross, near Middletown, County Armagh.

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04 September 1992


Peter McBride,   (18)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot while running away from British Army (BA) foot patrol, Upper Meadow Street, New Lodge, Belfast

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Main source CAIN Web Service

Major Events in the Troubles

see: 5th September

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