10th November – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

10th November

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Monday 10 November 1975

The ‘incident centre’ in Derry was blown up in a bomb attack carried out by the Irish Republican Army (IRA). The IRA in the city was opposed to the truce.

Monday 10 November 1986

Ulster Resistance Formed Loyalists held a closed meeting at the Ulster Hall in Belfast. The main speakers at the meeting were Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Peter Robinson of the DUP, and Ivan Foster. During the meeting a new organisation, Ulster Resistance, was formed to ‘take direct action as and when required’ to end the Anglo-Irish Agreement (AIA). [Ulster Resistance was to take the place of the ‘Ulster Clubs’ that had been formed on 2 November 1985.]

Saturday 10 November 1990

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) shot and killed two members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and two civilians in County Armagh.

Tuesday 10 November 1992

End of Political Talks Unionists withdrew from the political talks (later known as the Brooke / Mayhew talks) and brought the process to an end. Their action was provoked by the restart of work by the Maryfield secretariat for the Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Conference (AIIC). Patrick Mayhew, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, said that informal party contacts would continue.

[The talks had lasted two years and had cost an estimated £5 million.]

Thursday 10 November 1994

Frank Kerr (54), a Catholic civilian who was a Post Office worker in a sorting office, was shot dead during a robbery. The shooting happened in Clanrye Street, Newry, County Down.

[On 20 November 1994 the Irish Republican Army (IRA) admitted that its members had been responsible though it claimed the killing had not been sanctioned by the Army Council of the IRA. Reacting to the killing the Irish government suspended the release of nine Republican prisoners due on 11 November 1994. The prisoners were later released on 22 December 1994.]

Friday 10 November 1995

Garda Síochána (the Irish police) arrested two men after seizing explosives, estimated at 1,500 pounds (700kgs), about one mile from the County Armagh border. [Further bomb making equipment and ammunition were found at a farm near Castleblayney, County Monaghan, in the following week.]

Sunday 10 November 1996

The possibility of an election pact between Sinn Féin (SF) and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) was discussed at the SDLP annual conference. It was decided that arrangements could only be entered into after an Irish Republican Army (IRA) ceasefire.

Tuesday 10 November 1998

A delegation from Sinn Féin (SF) travelled to London for talks with Tony Blair, then British Prime Minister, about what they saw as the stalled peace process. On his first official visit to the Republic, the Duke of Edinburgh referred to “these rather artificial divisions between North and South”. [The visit was seen as an attempt to normalise relationships between the Republic of Ireland and Britain and was believed to path the way for a visit by the Queen at some future date.]

Tuesday 9 November 1999

John Paul and Phillip McGroarty appeared at Limavady Courthouse, County Derry, charged with the murder of Jonathon Cairns in Ballykelly, County Derry, in April 1999. The killing of the teenager was not believed to have been sectarian. A crowd of people outside the courthouse tried to attack the accused as they were taken away.

Peter Mandelson, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, gave a speech about political developments at a lunch for the Ireland Fund of Great Britain.

Wednesday 10 November 1999

A pipe-bomb with a jar of nails attached to it was discovered on the windowsill of a house in Dromara Street, off the mainly Nationalist lower Ormeau Road in south Belfast. One woman was in the house at the time. The device was later made safe by an Army bomb disposal team. The attack was carried out by Loyalist paramilitaries

Friday 10 November 2000

The Commission of Inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings wrote a letter to Peter Mandelson, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, seeking assistance with matters related to the Inquiry.

See Dublin and Monaghan bombings

[Further correspondence took place throughout 2001 but no information was supplied by the British government until 26 February 2002.]

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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.

12  People lost their lives on the 10th November between 1972 – 1994

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10 November 1972
Ronald Kitchen,  (20)

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Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot while at British Army (BA) Vehicle Check Point (VCP), Oldpark Road, Belfast.

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10 November 1974
John McQuitty,  (41)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Shot at his home, Clovelly Street, off Springfield Road, Belfast.

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10 November 1975
Joseph Nesbitt,   (53)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot by sniper, while travelling in his car to Gough British Army (BA) base, Armagh, at Caramoyle, near Keady, County Armagh .

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10 November 1981


Charles Neville,  (56)

Protestant
Status: ex-Ulster Defence Regiment (xUDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot as he left his workplace, Industrial Estate, Loughgall Road, Armagh.

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10 November 1982
Charles Spence,  (44)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot while leaving his workplace, Customs Office, Armagh.

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10 November 1983


William Fitzpatrick,  (46)

Catholic
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot at his home, Ballymartin, near Annalong, County Down.

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10 November 1986


Derek Patterson,   (39)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish People’s Liberation Organisation (IPLO)
Off duty. Shot outside friend’s home, Fitzroy Avenue, off Ormeau Road, Belfast.

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10 November 1990


David Murphy,   (50)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot while wildfowling, Castor Bay, near Morrows Point, Lough Neagh, County Armagh.

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10 November 1990


Thomas Taylor,   (49)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot while wildfowling, Castor Bay, near Morrows Point, Lough Neagh, County Armagh.

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10 November 1990

Norman Kendall,  (44)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot, while wildfowling, with off duty Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) members, Castor Bay, near Morrows Point, Lough Neagh, County Armagh.

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10 November 1990


Keith Dowey,   (30)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot, while wildfowling, with off duty Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) members, Castor Bay, near Morrows Point, Lough Neagh, County Armagh.

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10 November 1994


Frank Kerr,  (54)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot, during armed robbery at his workplace, postal sorting office, Clanrye Street, Newry, County Down.

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