13th October – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

13th October

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Tuesday 13 October 1970

A man died in a premature explosion in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

Wednesday 13 October 1976

Two members of a Protestant family, William Corrigan (41) and Leslie Corrigan (19), died as a result of a gun attack outside their home near Portadown, County Armagh. The Irish Republican Army (IRA) carried out the attack.

A former British soldier from Scotland was killed by Loyalists in Belfast.

Saturday 13 October 1984

Douglas Hurd, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, delivered a speech to the Conservative Party annual conference in Brighton, England. Hurd rejected the three main options that had been proposed in the report of the New Ireland Forum.

Monday 13 October 1986

Following long campaigns by residents associations the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive took the decision to begin a phased demolition of most of the high-rise flats in the Divis area of Belfast and all of the high-rise flats in Rossville Street in Derry.

Saturday 13 October 1990

Two Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers were shot by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in the center of Belfast. One of the officers died from his wounds two days later on 15 October 1990.

Wednesday 13 October 1993

In the Dáil Albert Reynolds, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), declined opposition requests for a debate on Northern Ireland. The reason given was the matter was at a delicate stage. Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), stated that peace in Northern Ireland would come about as a result of “total demilitarisation” and was not a “prerequisite” for a peace process.

Thursday 13 October 1994

Loyalist Ceasefire Announced The Combined Loyalist Military Command (CLMC), speaking on behalf of all Loyalist paramilitary organisations, announced in a statement a ceasefire as from midnight: “…

the CLMC will universally cease all operational hostilities as from 12 midnight on Thursday the 13th October 1994. The permanence of our cease-fire will be completely dependent upon the continued cessation of all nationalist/republican violence; …

 Thus the Loyalist ceasefire was made conditional on no return to violence by the Irish Republican Army (IRA). The press conference was led by Mr Gusty Spence a veteran member of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). The CLMC offered “abject and true remorse” to “innocent” victims of Loyalist violence.

[It was unclear which victims of Loyalist paramilitaries were considered “innocent”.]

John Major, then British Prime Minister, said the announcement was, “another important part of the jigsaw falling into place”. Albert Reynolds, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), made a statement in the Daíl about the ceasefire: “This decision effectively signifies the end of twenty-five years of violence, and the closure of a tragic chapter in our history”.

Monday 13 October 1997

Tony Blair, then British Prime Minister, paid a visit to Northern Ireland. At Castle Buildings in Stormont, Belfast, Blair held meetings with representatives of all the political parties including a delegation from Sinn Féin (SF) led by Gerry Adams, then President of SF.

[Away from cameras Blair had shook the hand of Adams and other members of SF.]

At the Conswater shopping centre in Belfast a group of 60 Loyalists heckled the Prime Minister who had to rushed out of the centre by security staff. Blair also met with John Hume, then leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), in Derry and David Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), in Craigavon.

Wednesday 13 October 1999

Poet and Irish translator Michael Hartnett died in Dublin. A member of Aosdána, Hartnett was best known for his collection of poems, A Farewell To English (1975).

Friday 13 October 2000

Joseph O’Connor (26), believed to have been a member of the “real” Irish Republican Army (rIRA), was shot dead in Ballymurphy, west Belfast.

[Most commentators blamed the (Provisional) IRA for the killing and speculated on the possibility of a Republican paramilitary feud.]

Saturday 13 October 2001

David Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), said that British government must “specify” the Irish Republican Army (IRA) the next time the organisation kills someone.

[Trimble was in Washington, USA, for talks with Richard Haass, then a United States special envoy. Trimble is expected to return to Northern Ireland on Wednesday 17 October 2001.]

The Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) held its annual conference in Belfast. David Ervine, then leader of the PUP, said that he believed that the IRA would put its weapons beyond use in the near future. [The PUP has links with the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).] Republican Sinn Féin (RSF) held its Ard Fheis (annual conference) in Dublin. RSF called on Nationalists not to support the new Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

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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.

10 People lost their lives on the 13th October  between 1970 – 2000

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13 October 1970
Liam Walsh,  (35) nfNIRI
Status: Saor Eire (SE),

Killed by: Saor Eire (SE)
Died in premature bomb explosion on railway embankment at the rear of McKee Irish Army base, off Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin.

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13 October 1972
Robert Nicholl, (22)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Off duty. Shot while driving car along Castle Street, Belfast.

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13 October 1974


Ciaran Murphy,   (17)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Found shot in disused quarry, off Hightown Road, near Belfast, County Antrim.

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13 October 1976
William Corrigan,  (41)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot together with his son, outside their home, Meadowview Drive, Annaghmore, near Loughgall, County Armagh.

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13 October 1976
Leslie Corrigan,   (19)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot together with his father, outside their home, Meadowview Drive, Annaghmore, near Loughgall, County Armagh. He died 25 October 1976.

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13 October 1976
Edward Donnelly,   (22) nfNI
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Scottish visitor. Found shot in Hemsworth Street, Shankill, Belfast.

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13 October 1980
Seamus Quaid,  (42) nfNIRI
Status: Garda Siochana (GS),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot during exchange of gunfire, shortly after stopping vehicle while on Garda mobile patrol, Ballyconnick, near Cleariestown, County Wexford.

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13 October 1991


Karl Hegney,  (33)

Catholic
Status: ex-Irish National Liberation Army (xINLA),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Former Republican prisoner. Shot while walking along Ormeau Road, near Donegall Pass, Belfast.

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13 October 1992


David Heffer,  (30) nfNIB
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died one day after being injured in bomb attack on Sussex public house, Upper St. Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, London.

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13 October 2000
John O’Connor,  (26)

Catholic
Status: real Irish Republican Army (rIRA),

Killed by: non-specific Republican group (REP)
Shot while sitting in stationary car, outside his mother’s home, Whitecliff Parade, Ballymurphy, Belfast.

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