18th May – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

18th May

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Saturday 18 May 1974

Day 4 of the UWC strike

The Ulster Workers’ Council (UWC) issued a statement calling for an all-out stoppage to begin at midnight on Sunday 19 May 1974.

The UWC criticised Merlyn Rees, then Secretary of Sate for Northern Ireland, for not meeting with leaders of the strike. Members of the Northern Ireland Executive were told that the Army could not run the power stations on their own.

There were attempts at negotiation by the Northern Ireland Labour Party (NILP).

[At this stage some people believed that there were grounds for thinking that the strike might not succeed. Many middle-class Protestants were against the strike, as were managers, technicians in power stations, doctors, lawyers, teachers and small shopkeepers.]

Joseph Shaw (22), a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), was shot dead by a member of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) during a fracas in North Star Bar, North Queen Street, Belfast. The killing was part of a feud between the UDA and the UVF.

Wednesday 18 May 1977

District Council Elections Elections were held to the 26 district councils in Northern Ireland. As the United Ulster Unionist Council (UUUC) had broken up the main Unionist parties stood against each other for the first time since 1974.

Saturday 18 May 1984

Two Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers were killed when the Irish Republican Army (IRA) exploded a land mine as their armoured patrol car travelled near Camlough, County Armagh.

Two British Army (BA) soldiers were killed, and another died later as a result of injuries, after the IRA planted a booby trap bomb under their car in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. The soldiers were off-duty at the time and had just competed in a fishing competition.

Wednesday 18 May 1994

Two Catholics Killed by UVF

Gavin McShane (17) and Shane McArdle (17), both Catholic civilians, were killed when the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) carried out a gun attack on people in a taxi depot on Lower English Street, Armagh.

Thursday 18 May 1995

A joint delegation from the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) held a meeting with John Major, then British Prime Minister, in London to discuss social and economic matters.

Following the meeting the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) released a statement saying that Patrick Mayhew, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, would meet with Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), informally when they were both in Washington on 24 May 1995 attending an investment conference on Northern Ireland.

[Later James Molyneaux, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), announced that he would not attend the conference because of the planned meeting between Mayhew and Adams.]

Tuesday 18 May 1999

There was a Loyalist rally in Portadown, County Armagh, in support of Drumcree. Six Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers and six civilians were injured in disturbances at the rally.

David Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), reiterated his party’s position on Irish Republican Army (IRA) decommissioning as Tony Blair, then British Prime Minister, called the main party leaders back to Downing Street, London. The Prime Minister was hoping to resolve the impasse which threatened the Good Friday Agreement.

After the one-hour meeting, UUP party sources indicated that Trimble would propose that potential ministers in an Executive would be “identified”, though not “nominated”.

There was a meeting of the Church of Ireland General Synod in Dublin. The General Synod voted to urge Drumcree church vestry to withdraw its invitation to the Orange Order to hold services at the church if the Order did not give assurances to respect Church sanctity and property. John Pickering (Rev), then rector of Drumcree, voted against each of the three motions that arose in respect of Drumcree.

[On 19 May 1999 Pickering and his vestry decided to defy the Synod’s vote and announced that they would go ahead with the service for the Orange Order on 4 July 1999.]

The General Synod voted to stop flying the Union flag on churches to avoid giving offence.

 

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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.

13  People lost their lives on the 18th May between 1972 – 1997

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18 May 1972
John Hillman  (28)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died three days after being shot by sniper while in Flax Street British Army (BA) base, Ardoyne, Belfast.

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18 May 1973


Sean McKee   (17)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot during attempted sniper attack on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Fairfield Street, Ardoyne, Belfast.

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18 May 1974
Joseph Shaw   (22)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF),

Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Shot during fracas in North Star Bar, North Queen Street, Belfast. Ulster Defence Association (UDA) / Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) feud.

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18 May 1975
Francis Rice   (17)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Found stabbed to death on pathway, off Rathfriland Road, Castlewellan, County Down

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18 May 1984


Trevor Elliott  (28)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in land mine attack on Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) armoured patrol car, Lislea, near Camlough, County Armagh.

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18 May 1984


Neville Gray   (25)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in land mine attack on Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) armoured patrol car, Lislea, near Camlough, County Armagh

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18 May 1984
Thomas Agar  (35)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Killed by booby trap bomb attached to his car, outside Lakeland Forum Leisure Centre, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

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18 May 1984


Robert Huggins   (29)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Killed by booby trap bomb attached to his car, outside Lakeland Forum Leisure Centre, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

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18 May 1984
Peter Gallimore  (27)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Injured by booby trap bomb attached to his car, outside Lakeland Forum Leisure Centre, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. He died 18 October 1984

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18 May 1993
Denis Headley   (38)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: not known (nk)
Found shot, in laneway off Sugarisland Road, Bleary, near Lurgan, County Down

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18 May 1994
Gavin McShane  (17)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Shot, while in taxi depot, Lower English Street, Armagh.

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18 May 1994
Shane McArdle   (17)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Shot, while in taxi depot, Lower English Street, Armagh.

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18 May 1997
John Harbinson  (39)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Found beaten to death in entry, off Mount Vernon Walk, Mount Vernon, Belfast.

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