24th December – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

24th December

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Monday 24 December 1973

Monaghan Street , Newry

 

 

Two members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and a Protestant civilian were killed in a bomb attack on a public house in Monaghan Street, Newry, County Down. The bomb was being planted by the IRA and exploded prematurely.

Saturday 24 December 1983

Margaret Thatcher, then British Prime Minister, paid a six-hour visit to Northern Ireland. During the brief tour Thatcher met Christmas shoppers in Newtownards, County Down, and visited members of the security forces in County Armagh and County Tyrone.

Monday 24 December 1984

The Court of Appeal in Belfast quashed the convictions of 14 men who had been sentenced on the evidence of an Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) ‘supergrass’ informer Joseph Bennett.

Thursday 24 December 1992

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) called a three-day ceasefire.

Sunday 24 December 1995

The British government paid £38,700 to cover the legal costs of the families of the three unarmed Irish Republican Army (IRA) members killed in Gibraltar by undercover members of the Special Air Service (SAS) on 6 March 1988. The British government was ordered to pay the costs following a decision on 27 September 1995 by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

The Sunday Times (a London based newspaper) claimed that Libya had provided the British government with details of its assistance to the Irish Republican Army (IRA). [It was claimed that: over 130 tonnes of arms were shipped from Tripoli to Ireland; £9 million in cash had been handed over; and 20 IRA members had been trained in Libya.]

Friday 24 December 1999

A man who was being held in prison accused of the murder of Charles Bennett on 30 July 1999 was released after charges were withdrawn. No explanation was given for the withdrawal of charges against the man.

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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.

5 People   lost their lives on the 24th  December between 1972 – 1974

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24 December 1972
 Colin Harker,   (23)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died three months after being shot by sniper, while on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Lecky Road, Derry. He was injured on 14th September 1972.

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24 December 1973


Edward Grant,  (18)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died in premature bomb explosion, Clarke’s Bar, Monaghan Street, Newry, County Down

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24 December 1973


Brendan  Quinn,   (17)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died in premature bomb explosion, Clarke’s Bar, Monaghan Street, Newry, County Down

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24 December 1973
Aubrey Harshaw,   (18)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died in premature bomb explosion, Clarke’s Bar, Monaghan Street, Newry, County Down.

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24 December 1974


Anthony Morgan,   (34)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Died over two months after being shot, when he arrived at his building site workplace, Belfast City Hospital, off Lisburn Road, Belfast. He was injured on 8 October 1974

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