13th July – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

13th July

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Monday 13 July 1970

The annual ‘Twelfth’ parades pass off without serious incident.

[These parades are not normally held on a Sunday hence they took place on 13 July.]

Thursday 13 July 1972

Seven people were shot and killed in separate incidents in Belfast.

Sunday 13 July 1975

Denis Berry (21), then a member of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), was shot dead by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) in Belfast.

The killing was part of a continuing feud between the UDA and the UVF. A Catholic boy (16) was shot dead by the British Army in Belfast.

Monday 13 July 1981

Sixth Hunger Striker Died

Martin Hurson (29) died after 46 days on hunger strike.

Wednesday 13 July 1983

Four UDR Soldiers Killed

                           

Ronald Alexander,  John Roxborough , Oswell Neely  & Thomas Harron 

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) exploded a land mine in Tyrone killing four members of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR).

[This was the highest casualty rate suffered by the UDR in a single incident.] The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) shot dead two Catholic civilians in County Armagh.

The House of Commons rejected a motion calling for the reintroduction of capital punishment in Northern Ireland.

Sunday 13 July 1986

John Hermon, then Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), suspended two senior RUC officers following the investigations into the alleged ‘shoot to kill’ policy of the security forces in Northern Ireland

Friday 13 July 1990

The case of the Maguire family was referred to the Court of Appeal. Peter Brooke, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, met with Gerry Collins, then Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs, to review the ongoing stalemate in the political progress.

Saturday 13 July 1996 CIRA Bombing

A car bomb exploded outside the Kilyhelvin Hotel, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, causing substantial damage. The bomb was estimated to have contained 1,200 pounds of home-made explosive and the large blast injured 17 people as they were being evacuated from the hotel.

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) denied responsibility for the bomb as did Republican Sinn Féin (RSF).

Security sources placed the blame for the attack on the Irish Republican National Army (IRNA) considered to be the military wing of RSF.

[A group calling itself the Continuity Irish Republican Army (CIRA) later claimed responsibility for the bomb.]

There were further riots in nationalist areas.

The Social Democratic and Labour Party announced that it would withdraw from the Northern Ireland Forum.

Sunday 13 July 1997

The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) uncovered 500 pounds of explosives and three booster charges in the Creggan area of Derry.

Monday 13 July 1998

The Orange Order ‘Twelfth’ celebrations were held at centres across Northern Ireland (the parades were held on 13 July because the 12 July fell on a Sunday)

. Catholic residents of the Lower Ormeau Road held a peaceful protest against an Orange parade through the area.

Joel Patton, then leader of the ‘Spirit of Drumcree’ group, verbally attacked William Bingham, then a chaplain in the Orange Order, and accused him of betraying the Orangemen of Portadown.

The number of people involved in the Drumcree stand-off decreased considerably following the extensive condemnation of the Orange Order’s response to the deaths of the Ouinn children in a sectarian attack in Ballymoney, County Antrim, on 12 July 1998.

Tuesday 13 July 1999

David Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), failed to win any concessions from the British government on its failsafe legislation in the House of Commons. The Bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons by 343 votes to 24

Firday 13 July 2001

Political talks resumed at Weston Park in England.

 

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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.

18 People lost their lives on the 13th  July between 1972 – 1996

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13 July 1972


Martin Rooney   (22)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot by sniper while on British Army (BA) mobile patrol, Clonard Street, Lower Falls, Belfast.

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13 July 1972


Kenneth Mogg   (29)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot by sniper while on British Army (BA) mobile patrol, Dunville Park, Falls Road, Belfast

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13 July 1972
David Meeke   (24)

nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot by sniper while on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Hooker Street, Ardoyne, Belfast

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13 July 1972
Henry Russell   (23)

Catholic
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Off duty. Found shot, Larkfield Drive, Sydenham, Belfast

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13 July 1972
Thomas Burns   (35)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot while leaving Glenpark Social Club, Glenpark Street, Oldpark, Belfast.

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13 July 1972


James Reid   (27)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot during gun battle Eskdale Gardens, Ardoyne, Belfast.

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13 July 1972


 Terence Toolan   (36)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot during gun battle Eskdale Gardens, Ardoyne, Belfast

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13 July 1975


Charles Irvine   (16)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot while travelling in car, junction of Falls Road and Waterford Street, Lower Falls, Belfast

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13 July 1975
Denis Berry   (21)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Association (UDA),

Killed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Shot shortly after leaving Ulster Defence Association social club, Taughmonagh, Belfast. Ulster Defence Association (UDA) / Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) feud.

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13 July 1976


Gerard Gilmore  (19)

Catholic
Status: Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)
Shot from passing car, while standing outside Boundary Bar, Shore Road, Greencastle, Belfast.

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13 July 1981


Martin Hurson   (29)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: not known (nk)
Died on the 46th day of hunger strike, Long Kesh / Maze Prison, County Down

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13 July 1983
Eamon McMahon  (35)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish National Liberation Army (INLA)
Found shot in his car, Glassdrumman, near Crossmaglen, County Armagh.

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13 July 1983
Patrick Mackin   (37)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish National Liberation Army (INLA)
Found shot in Eamon McMahon’s car, Glassdrumman, near Crossmaglen, County Armagh

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13 July 1983


Ronald Alexander  (19)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in land mine attack on Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) mobile patrol, near Ballygawley, County Tyrone.

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13 July 1983


 John Roxborough   (19)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in land mine attack on Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) mobile patrol, near Ballygawley, County Tyrone.

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13 July 1983


 Oswell Neely   (20)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in land mine attack on Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) mobile patrol, near Ballygawley, County Tyrone.

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13 July 1983


Thomas Harron   (25)

Protestant
Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed in land mine attack on Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) mobile patrol, near Ballygawley, County Tyrone.

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13 July 1984


William Price  (28)

Catholic
Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot by undercover British Army (BA) members, during attempted incendiary bomb attack on factory, Ardboe, County Tyrone.

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13 July 1996


Dermot McShane   (35)

Catholic
Status: ex-Irish National Liberation Army (xINLA),

Killed by: not known (nk)
Knocked down by British Army (BA) Armoured Personnel Carrier during street disturbances, Little James Street, Derry.

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