28th December – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

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Sunday 28

December 1969 Split in the IRA

There was a split in the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

[The breakaway group became known as the Provisional IRA and the remaining group became known as the Official IRA. The split in the IRA became public knowledge on 11 January 1970.]

Thursday 28 December 1972

Two people were killed in a Loyalist bomb attack on the village of Belturbet, County Cavan, Republic of Ireland.

Friday 28 December 1990

In an interview published in the Belfast Telegraph (a Belfast based newspaper) Peter Brooke, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, said he believed that there had been “real advances” during the year. Although admitting that no substantial progress he pointed to the fact that there had at least been “new thinking about difficult issues, re-analysis of positions and goals, and re-evaluation of the validity of traditional aims in the context of the nineteen-nineties.”

Tuesday 28 December 1993

Republicans held a meeting at Loughmacrory, County Tyrone, to consider the Downing Street Declaration. It was reported that many people were critical of the Declaration.

Saturday 28 December 1996

Liam Duffy, an political activist with Sinn Féin (SF), discovered a bomb under his car in the Waterside area of Derry. John Hume, then leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), called for an early general election stating his view that a strong government in Westminster would help the peace process

Monday 28 December 1998

Loyalist paramilitaries threw a blast-bomb at a Catholic home in Armagh. The bomb exploded outside the house and there were no injuries.


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.

4 People   lost their lives on the 28th December between 1972 – 1980



28 December 1972
Geraldine O’Reilly,  (15)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Killed when car bomb exploded, Main Street, Belturbet, County Cavan.


28 December 1972
Patrick Stanley,   (16)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Killed when car bomb exploded, Main Street, Belturbet, County Cavan.


28 December 1973

Alexander Howell,   (35)

Status: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot during altercation between local people and British Army (BA) patrol outside Bayardo Bar, Shankill Road, Belfast.


28 December 1980

Hugh McGinn,  (40)

Status: British Army Territorial Army (TA),

Killed by: Irish National Liberation Army (INLA)
Off duty. Shot outside his home, Umgola Villas, Umgola, near Armagh.





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