27th December – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles


Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

27th December

Monday 27 December 1982

Patrick Elliott (19), a Catholic civilian, was shot dead by British soldiers as he ran from a fish and chip shop which he had robbed on the Andersonstown Road, Belfast.

Wednesday 27 December 1995

Martin McCrory (30), a Catholic civilian was shot dead at his home, Norglen Parade, Turf Lodge, Belfast. Responsibility for the killing was claimed by Direct Action Against Drugs (DAAD), a cover name (pseudonym) used by the IRA

Saturday 27 December 1997

See Bill Wright – Life & Death

Billy Wright Shot Dead in Maze Prison Members of the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) shot and killed Billy Wright (37), then leader of the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF), within the Maze Prison. Wright was sitting in a prison van waiting to be driven to the visiting block when three INLA inmates climbed across the roof of a ‘H Block’ and shot him several times. Another LVF prisoner in the van was not attacked.

The shooting took place around 10.00am. The shooting represented a serious breach of security both in the smuggling of a gun into the prison and the attack itself.

[Wright, who was called “King Rat” by the media and security services, was the leader of the LVF. The LVF was composed mainly of former members of the mid-Ulster Brigade of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). Wright was thought to be personally responsible for the sectarian killing of a number of Catholic civilians. He had been under a death threat from former colleagues because he opposed the Combined Loyalist Military Command (CLMC) ceasefire.]

Seamus Dillon (45), a Catholic man, was shot dead by the LVF as he worked as a security guard outside a Dungannon Hotel, in County Tyrone.

Two other security guards and a bar attendant, who was a teenager, were shot and injured. Dillon had served a term of imprisonment as a Republican prisoner but the attack was a random one at a place frequented by Catholics.

[This attack was considered as a retaliation for the killing of Billy Wright. In the coming weeks 10 Catholics were shot dead by the LVF and the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF).]

Monday 27 December 1999

Loyalists carried out a paramilitary ‘punishment’ shooting on a 17 year old youth in Ballinahinch, County Down. The young man was shot in the leg.

Supporters of the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) and the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) were involved in a fight in the social club of Portadown Football Club. Eleven people were injured in the fight during which baseball bats were used.

A bomb alert disrupted a horse racing meeting at Kempton Park in Surrey. Approximately 20,000 people were evacuated from the course. The Continuity Irish Republican Army (CIRA) were blamed for the incident.



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.

7 People   lost their lives on the 27th  December between 1972 – 1997


27 December 1972
Eugene Devlin,   (22)

Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot during attempted sniper attack on British Army (BA) patrol, Townsend Street, Strabane, County Tyrone.


27 December 1973

Thomas Niedermayer,  (45)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: not known (nk)
German Manager of Grundig factory. Died in unclear circumstances shortly after being abducted, by the IRA, from his home, Glengoland Gardens, Suffolk, Belfast. His remains eventually found, during excavation work with a mechanical digger, buried in an embankment by Collin River, off Glen Road, Collin, near Belfast, County Antrim, on 11 March 1980


27 December 1980
Heather Pollock,  (53)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died three weeks after being shot in her home during sniper attack on Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) mobile patrol, Strabane, County Tyrone.


27 December 1982

Patrick Elliott,   (19)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot while running away immediately after robbing fish and chip shop, Andersonstown Road, Belfast.


27 December 1995

Martin McCrory,  (30)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Direct Action Against Drugs (DAAD)
Shot, at his home, Norglen Parade, Turf Lodge, Belfast.


27 December 1997

Billy Wright,   (36)

Status: Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF),

Killed by: Irish National Liberation Army (INLA)
Leader of Loyalist Volunteer Force. Shot, while travelling in prison van, inside Long Kesh / Maze prison, County Down.

See Bill Wright – Life & Death


27 December 1997

Seamus Dillon,  (45)

Status: ex-Irish Republican Army (xIRA),

Killed by: Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF)
Security man. Shot at the entrance to Glengannon Hotel, near Dungannon, County Tyrone



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