1st October – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles
1st October


Tuesday 1 October 1968

The Apprentice Boys of Derry announced its intention to hold an ‘annual’ march along the same proposed route of the Civil Rights demonstration, on the same day and at the same time.

[This particular tactic had been used on several occasions before and many times after the Derry March. It provided the excuse needed to ban the march.]

A new Northern Ireland university opened at Coleraine, County Londonderry. The university was named the New University of Ulster.

[The decision to build the university at Coleraine had caused a great deal of controversy among all shades of opinion in Derry who felt that as the second city of Northern Ireland Derry should have received the economic stimulus the university would have brought. The university merged in October 1984 with Jordanstown Polytechnic, Magee College in Derry and Belfast Art College to form the University of Ulster.]

Friday 1 October 1971

A British soldier was killed in Belfast.

Friday 1 October 1982

A motion was passed at the Labour Party conference which called for a ban on the use of plastic bullets in the whole of the United Kingdom (UK).

Monday 1 October 1990

At a fringe meeting at the British Labour Party conference Seamus Mallon, then deputy leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), stated that Peter Brooke, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, should abandon the agenda drawn up in the summer for the proposed political talks.

Tuesday 1 October 1991

A motion on Northern Ireland was debated at the Labour Party conference in Brighton in England. The motion would have required the Labour Party to organise and contest elections in Northern Ireland. However, the motion was heavily defeated.

Friday 1 October 1993

Representatives of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) held a meeting with Michael Ancram, then Political Development Minister at the Northern Ireland Office (NIO). The DUP members refused to discuss their latest policy document ‘Breaking the Log-Jam’ unless Ancram undertook to ignore the Hume-Adams Initiative.

Sunday 1 October 1995

Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), made his first visit to Scotland. Loyalists held a protest against his visit. Police arrested five of the protesters.

Monday 1 October 2001

The Loyalist protest at the Holy Cross Girls’ Primary School resumed at the beginning of a new week. Protesters held a noisy protest but also threw ballons, filled with urine, at parents and children. Reg Empy (Ulster Unionist Party; UUP), then Acting First Minister, and Seamus Mallon (Social Democratic and Labour Party; SDLP), then Acting Deputy First Minister, meet with local representatives in Ardoyne, north Belfast, to discuss the situation at the Holy Cross school.

Empy said there was no excuse for the on-going protest at the school. [The protest first began on 20 June 2001 and the current phase started on 3 September 2001.] David Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), called on the British government to crackdown on the money made by paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland. Trimble made his call at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, England.

[Gordon Brown, then Chancellor, had earlier announced that he was freezing the alleged assets, held in the UK, of the Taleban government in Afghanistan.]

The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) began a two-day conference on Human Rights and Policing at the Hilton Hotel in Belfast. The conference will address issues of police accountability, policing a diverse society and the European perspective on policing.


Remembering all innocent victims of the Troubles

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

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
Thomas Campbell

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.

  5  People lost their lives on the 1st October  between 1971 – 1982


01 October 1971
Peter Sharpe,   (22) nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot while on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Kerrera Street, Ardoyne, Belfast.


01 October 1972

Michael Hayes, (27)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot while walking along Edlingham Street, New Lodge, Belfast.


01 October 1973

Eileen Doherty, (19)

Status: Civilian (Civ), K

illed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Died shortly after being shot by other passenger, while travelling in a taxi, Annadale Embankment, Ballynafeigh, Belfast.


01 October 1976
Victor Dormer,  (25)

Status: British Army (BA) ,

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died one month after being shot while in relative’s home, Copperfield Street, Tiger’s Bay, Belfast. He was injured on 29 August 1976.


01 October 1982

John Eagleson,  (57)

Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty reservist. Shot while travelling on his motorcycle to work, Drum Manor, near Cookstown, County Tyrone




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