12th January – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

13th January

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Wednesday 13 January 1971

Riots began in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast.

Tuesday 13 January 1976

Two Catholic civilians and two members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) were killed when a bomb exploded prematurely at a shopping arcade in North Street Belfast.

Friday 13 January 1978

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) carried out a bomb attack on the Guildhall in Derry causing serious damage.

[The building had reopened seven months earlier following damage in a fire bomb attack in July 1972.]

Wednesday 13 January 1982

Lord Gowrie, then an Northern Ireland Office (NIO) Minister, said that Direct Rule was “very unBritish” and indicated that he personally preferred a form dual citizenship, with Britain and the Republic of Ireland being responsible for the administration of those who considered themselves to be Irish.

Saturday 13 January 1990

Three men, who were in the process of robbing a betting shop in West Belfast, were shot dead by a British Army undercover unit. Two of the men were in possession of imitation guns. The shootings renewed claims that there was a ‘shoot to kill’ policy among the security forces.

Monday 13 January 1992

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) issued a document that contained a number of proposals on security arrangements.

Monday 13 January 1997

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) carried out a ‘rocket’ attack on a Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Landrover patrol in Kennedy Way, west Belfast. There were no injuries in the attack.

Patrick Mayhew, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, paid a visit to Derry and stated that he considered the Loyalist ceasefire to be still intact. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the United Kingdom Unionist Party (UKUP) called for the expulsion of the smaller Loyalist parties, the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) and the Ulster Democratic Party (UDP), from the Stormont talks. Bill Clinton, then President of the United States of America, called for a renewed IRA ceasefire.

Wednesday 13 January 1999

Marjorie (Mo) Mowlam, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, said the government was prepared to implement devolution to the Northern Ireland Assembly on 10 March 1999 if the political parties could agree on the way forward. Sinn Féin (SF) called for a public enquiry into killings carried out by the security forces. Derek Hill, a well known artist, was conferred with honorary Irish citizenship in a ceremony at Aras an Uachtarain, Dublin. Mary McAleese, then President of the Republic of Ireland, said the award was an expression of the deep gratitude and admiration for Derek Hill. Hill was born in Southampton, England, in 1916. (Hill died in 2000.)

Sunday 13 January 2002

There were two separate shooting attacks on the homes of prison officers in County Armagh. Both attacks happened shortly after 10.30pm (2230GMT) one on the Mourne Road in Lurgan and the second on Drumanphy Road in Portadown. No one was injured.

Robin Halward, then Director General of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, said he was appalled by the attacks.

A man (20) was shot in both ankles and elbows in a paramilitary ‘punishment’ attack at approximately 10.00pm (2200GMT) in the Turf Lodge area of Belfast. Loyalists carried out arson attacks on two Catholic schools in Lisburn and Belfast.

In the first attack a fire was started shortly before 10.00pm (2200GMT) in a mobile classroom at St Patrick’s High School on the Ballinderry Road, Lisburn, County Antrim. The classroom was extensively damaged. In the second attack a fire was started at approximately 10.25pm (2225GMT) at St Bride’s Primary School in Derryvolgie Avenue, south Belfast.

The fire damaged a classroom and an adjoining corridor. Nearby walls and four cars were also daubed with Loyalist slogans. A pipe-bomb was thrown across a peace line in north Belfast. There were no injuries in the explosion.

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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.

11 People   lost their lives on the 13th January  between  1972 – 1992

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13 January 1972


Maynard Crawford, (38)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot while driving his firm’s van along King’s Road, off Doagh Road, Newtownabbey, County Antrim

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13 January 1974
Christopher Daly,   (43)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA)
Found shot in entry, off Balholm Drive, Ardoyne, Belfast.

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13 January 1976


Ian Gallagher,  (41)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in premature bomb explosion at shopping arcade, North Street

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13 January 1976


Mary Dornan,   (30)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in premature bomb explosion at shopping arcade, North Street, Belfast

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13 January 1976


Rosemary Bleakley,   (19)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in premature bomb explosion at shopping arcade, North Street, Belfast.

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13 January 1976


Martin McDonagh,  (23)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in premature bomb explosion at shopping arcade, North Street, Belfast

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13 January 1980
John Brown,   (47)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish National Liberation Army (INLA)
Died seven months after being shot during armed robbery at his post office, Main Street, Blackwatertown, County Armagh.

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13 January 1990


Edward Hale,   (25)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot by undercover British Army (BA) members, during attempted robbery at bookmaker’s shop, junction of Whiterock Road and Falls Road, Belfast.

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13 January 1990


Peter Thompson,   (23)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot by undercover British Army (BA) members, during attempted robbery at bookmaker’s shop, junction of Whiterock Road and Falls Road, Belfast.

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13 January 1990

John McNeill,   (43)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot by undercover British Army (BA) members, during attempted robbery at bookmaker’s shop, junction of Whiterock Road and Falls Road, Belfast.

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13 January 1992
Michael Logue,  (22)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed by booby trap bomb attached to his car, parked outside his girlfriend’s home, Glen Park, Coalisland, County Tyrone.

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