30th December – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

30th December

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Wednesday 30 December 1970
The financial cost of the disturbances and riots during 1969 and 1970 were estimated to be £5.5 million.

Thursday 30 December 1971


A member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) was killed in a premature bomb explosion in Santry, Dublin.

Monday 30 December 1974

[Public Records 1975 – Released 1 January 2006: Note of a meeting between the Permanent Under-Secretary (PUS), on behalf of the British government, and Mr Stanley Worrall and Dr Jack Weir. The meeting took place at a house known as Laneside, in Hollywood, County Down. Worral and Weir had been part of a group of Protestant clergymen who had meet with senior members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) at Feakle, County Clare, on 10 December 1974].

Tuesday 30 December 1980


A Loyalist paramilitary group called the Loyalist Prisoners Action Force (LPAF) shot dead William Burns (45) a prisoner officer in Belfast. [It is believed that the LPAF was a cover name used by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).]

Sunday 30 December 1990

Fergal Caraher, a member of Sinn Féin (SF), was shot and killed and his brother wounded when British Army troops opened fire on their car at a check point at Cullyhanna, County Armagh.

Thursday 30 December 1993

A British Army soldier on patrol in Crossmaglen, County Armagh, was shot dead by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) sniper.The IRA released a ‘new year’ message.

The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) said that it did not feel threatened by the Downing Street Declaration and would not support another “publicity stunt” by Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Tuesday 30 December 1997

See Billy Wright

There was a heavy Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) presence in Portadown, County Armagh, during the funeral of Billy Wright, who had been leader of the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF). Leaflets issued by the LVF requested shopkeepers to close their premises as a mark of respect.
Séamus Dillon, who had been killed by the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF), was buried in Coalisland, County Tyrone. His family called for no retaliation for his murder.

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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.

9 People   lost their lives on the 30th  December between 1971 – 1993

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30 December 1971
Jack McCabe, (55)

nfNIRI
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
From County Cavan. Killed in premature bomb explosion in garage, Swords Road, Santry, Dublin.

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30 December 1972

Hugh Martin, (56)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Found shot in his car shortly after leaving work, Lichfield Avenue, Bloomfield, Belfast

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30 December 1974

Maurice Knowles,  (17)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: not known (nk)
Shot during attempt to steal his shotgun, while wildfowling on the shore of Belfast Lough, by Whitehouse Park, Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

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30 December 1975
Seamus Mallon,  (31)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Died four days after being injured in bomb attack on Vallelly’s Bar, Ardress, near Loughgall, County Armagh.

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30 December 1977
James Clifford,  (54)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Died 12 days after being shot outside his home, Belgrave Street, Shankill, Belfast.

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30 December 1980

William Burns, (45)

Protestant
Status: Prison Officer (PO),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Off duty. Shot shortly after leaving his home, Knocknagoney Park, Belfast.

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30 December 1990

Fergal Caraher,  (20)

Catholic
Status: Civilian Political Activist (CivPA),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Sinn Fein (SF) member. Shot while travelling in car, leaving car park, Tullynavall Road, Cullyhanna, County Armagh.

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30 December 1992

Stephen Waller,  (23)

Protestant
Status: Royal Irish Regiment (RIR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot at his home, Westland Crescent, off Cavehill Road, Belfast.

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30 December 1993

Daniel Blinco,  (23) nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot by sniper, while on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Crossmaglen, County Armagh

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