Balcombe Street Siege – 6th – 12th December 1975

The Balcombe Street siege was an incident involving members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the Metropolitan Police Service of London lasting from 6 to 12 December 1975. The siege ended with the surrender of the four IRA paramilitaries and the release of their two hostages. The events were televised and watched by … Continue reading Balcombe Street Siege – 6th – 12th December 1975

Walton’s Restaurant Bombing – 18th November 1975

Walton’s Restaurant Bombing On 18 November 1975 an Irish Republican Army (IRA) unit nicknamed the Balcombe Street Gang without warning threw a bomb into Walton’s Restaurant in Walton Street, Knightsbridge, London, killing two people and injuring almost two dozen others. Background   The IRA began a bombing campaign on Britain on 8 March 1973 when they exploded a car bomb outside the Old Bailey which … Continue reading Walton’s Restaurant Bombing – 18th November 1975

5th May – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles 5th May Friday 5 May 1972 ————————————- Sunday 5 May 1974 Pro-Assembly Unionists meeting in Portstewart, County Derry, announced the reformation of their group which was to use the name the Unionist Party Monday 5 May 1975 The Fair Employment (NI) Bill was introduced … Continue reading 5th May – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Maguire Seven – 1976: Guilty verdict for ‘Maguire Seven

1976: Guilty verdict for ‘Maguire Seven’ A 40-year-old Irish born mother has been jailed for 14 years for possessing explosives at her London home. Five other members of her family and a close friend were also found guilty of the same offence and jailed. Anne Maguire, from Willesden, North London, was convicted of possessing nitro-glycerine, … Continue reading Maguire Seven – 1976: Guilty verdict for ‘Maguire Seven

10th May – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles 10th May ——————————— Saturday 10 May 1969 In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph Terence O’Neill, the former Northern Ireland Prime Minister, is reported as saying that: “… if you give Roman Catholics a good job and a good house, they will live like … Continue reading 10th May – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

9th April – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles 9th April ———————————————- Friday 9 April 1976 Two Catholic civilians were killed in separate Loyalist paramilitary attacks in Belfast and Armagh. Thursday 9 April 1981 Bobby Sands Elected to Westminster In the Fermanagh / South Tyrone by-election Bobby Sands, then on hunger strike in … Continue reading 9th April – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles