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Patrick Rooney First Child killed in the Troubles 14th August 1969 : Northern Ireland History

Patrick Rooney Age 9

First Child killed in the Troubles

Patrick Rooney

14th August 1969

Patrick was the first child to be killed during the Troubles he died shortly after being struck by a tracer bullet by the RUC as he lay in his bed in his family home in Divis Tower. The shot was fired from a heavy browning machine-gun mounted on an RUC Shorland armoured car.

The Scarman tribunal concluded that the shot was not justified.

The report described the activities of three Shorland vehicles which passed up and down Divis Street in the vicinity of Divis Tower. Ordered into the area after the fatal shooting of Herbert Roy , they were immediately fired on and attacked with an explosive device and petrol bombs by republicans.

Gunners inside the vehicles returned fire with machine-guns and the ground floor Rooney flat was hit by at least four bullets.

See: The Scarman Tribunal

Patrick was in bed at the time and was hit in the head and died shortly after arriving at hospital.

Patrick's distraught mother that day
Patrick’s distraught mother that day

His mother said during an interview:

” There was rioting, half the street was on fire. I was trying to watch TV and Patrick had gone to bed. Ill always remember he told me not to wake him up until late because he was serving at one o’clock mass. He was an altar boy at St. Mary’s “

His father a former soldier said:

” The rioting got worse and then the shooting started I thought  of getting all the children into one room but before we had time to organised  and lie down the room lit up in flames ,I was grazed by a bullet and Patrick seemed to fall along the wall. I thought he fainted from seeing me bleed, but then I saw the back of his head was covered in blood and I knew the flashes had been bullets and that Patrick was shot”

After the shooting the Ronneys moved to Manchester with their other children but later returned to Belfast. His mother stated:

” I wasn’t content knowing that Patrick was buried here and I wanted to be near him “

The funeral of nine-year-old Patrick Rooney
Patrick’s Funeral

A year after his death the couple had another son and named him after Patrick.

Belfast 1969 – Peace Walls & Barricades – Ireland Part 1

In a further tragedy for the family Mrs Rooney’s sister Mary Sheppard was shot dead by loyalist in 1974 whilst a nephew Sean Campbell was also killed by loyalist three years later in 1977. Two friends of one of their sons were also killed during the Troubles. One Stephen Bennett was killed in an inal bomb in 1982. Another relative Thomas Reilly was shot dead by a soldier in 1983,

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To the Memory of

{Patrick Rooney

Age 9

Killed by a stray bullet

Divis Street


During the fighting on the night of august 14th 1969

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See: Family of boy shot dead express disappointment at decision not to prosecute

See: Fifty years on, I still want justice for Patrick, says brother who watched him die in family home

14th August – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

14th August

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

 Thursday 14 August 1969

British Army Troops Deployed

After two days of continuous battle, and with the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) exhausted, the Stormont government asked the British government for permission to allow British troops to be deployed on the streets of Northern Ireland.

Late in the afternoon troops entered the centre of Derry. John Gallagher, a Catholic civilian, was shot dead by the Ulster Special Constabulary (‘B-Specials’) during street disturbances on the Cathedral Road in Armagh.

John Gallagher was recorded, by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), as the first ‘official’ victim of ‘the Troubles’.


In Belfast vicious sectarian riots erupted and continued the following day. In Divis Street the RUC fired a number of shots, from a heavy Browning machine-gun mounted on an armoured car, into the Divis Flats and Towers.

Patrick Rooney

One of the shots killed a young Catholic boy while he lay in bed.

Saturday 14 August 1971

A British soldier was killed by the Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) in Belfast.

Monday 14 August 1972

Two British soldiers were killed by an IRA booby trap bomb in Belfast. A Catholic civilian was shot dead during an IRA attack on a British Army patrol in Belfast.

Saturday 14 August 1976

Majella O’Hare

Majella O’Hare (12), a young Catholic girl, was shot dead by British soldiers while she was walking near her home in Ballymoyer, Whitecross, County Armagh.

A rally in Andersontown to call for peace attracted a crowd of approximately 10,000 people. This rally was organised by the Women’s Peace Movement (later Peace People).

Monday 14 August 1978

The Daily Mirror, a British national newspaper, announced its support for a British withdrawal from Northern Ireland.

Sunday 14 August 1983

Security forces in France uncovered a haul of weapons believed to be on route to the Irish Republican Army (IRA) on a ferry from Le Harve to Rosslare in the Republic of Ireland.

Tuesday 14 August 1984

James Prior, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, said that the decision to ban Martin Galvin, then leader of NORAID (Irish Northern Aid Committee), from the UK had been “a bad mistake”.

[The decision and subsequent police action had led to the death of Sean Downes on 12 August 1984.]

Monday 14 August 1989

Twentieth anniversary of the deployment of the British Army on the streets of Northern Ireland. Peter Brook, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, had talks with James Molyneaux, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), and Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Wednesday 14 August 1991

Loyalist paramilitaries attacked a bus near Markethill, County Armagh, that was carrying families of Republicans prisoners. Two women were injured in the attack.

Saturday 14 August 1993

A group of supporters of ETA from the Basque country paid a visit to Belfast and expressed support for Sinn Féin (SF) and the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

Sunday 14 August 1994

Sean Monaghan

Sean Monaghan (20), a Catholic civilian, was abducted and killed by the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF), a cover name (pseudonym) used by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA). He was found shot dead, on waste ground, off Ottawa Street, Woodvale, Belfast.

Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), said that he had confidence that the peace process could move towards a negotiated political settlement.

Thursday 14 August 1997

A man  was killed by masked men who entered his flat on the Newtownards Road, Belfast. Four serving and former members of the prison service who lived in the mid-Ulster area had their homes attacked.

[The attacks were believed to have been carried out by the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF).]

Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), Martin McGuinness, then Vice-President of Sinn Féin (SF), and a SF Teachta Dála (TD; member of Irish Parliament) were granted visas to visit the United States of America (USA) and to raise funds for SF.

Saturday 14 August 1999

There was violence in Derry and Belfast following Apprentice Boys parades through the Bogside and lower Ormeau Road. Several Nationalists engaged in a protest were injured as Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers cleared the lower Ormeau Road to allow the Loyal Order parade to pass.

The Northern Ireland politician, trade unionist and author, Paddy Devlin, died in Belfast. Devlin had been a founding member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP). He had been awarded an MBE in 1998.

Tuesday 14 August 2001 IRA Withdraws Decommissioning Proposals

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) announced in a statement that it had withdrawn its plan on how to put its weapons beyond use. The Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (IICD) had announced on 6 August 2001 that the IRA had agreed a plan on how it was going to decommission its weapons.

This IRA move had been rejected by David Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), who said that the UUP wanted to see decommissioning actually begin (7 August 2001).

The UUP rejection, together with the British government’s decision to suspend the Assembly and the institutions, were the reasons given by the IRA for the decision to withdraw the plan.

The IRA statement concluded that: “Conditions therefore do not exist for progressing our proposition. We are withdrawing our proposal. The IRA leadership will continue to monitor developments. Peacekeeping is a collective effort”.

John Reid, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, said the move would “play into the hands of those sceptics who have always doubted their intention”. Brian Cowen, then Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, said the decision was “very disappointing”.

All shades of Unionist opinion reacted with scorn to the news on decommissioning and also to the arrests of three suspected IRA members in Colombia (13 August 2001).

A 12 year-old Catholic boy was beaten in what police described as a sectarian attack in south Belfast. In north Belfast the British Army carried out a controlled explosion on a lorry, one of two vehicles that had been hi-jacked by Loyalists.

There was a pipe-bomb attack on a Catholic family in north Belfast at 11.15pm (2315BST). Two men were seen running away from the area after the attack.

Graham Shillington (90), a former Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), died in a nursing home in County Armagh. Shillington had been Chief Constable from 1970 to 1973.

The Irish Times (a Republic of Ireland newspaper) reported on the results of a survey into the level of knowledge that people in the two parts of Ireland had about the other.

The survey found that, of those questioned, residents in the Republic had

“considerable ignorance”

about the Northern Irish Protestant tradition, although 48 per cent said they would like to learn more.

Only 19 per cent of Northern Protestants felt they had a good or excellent understanding of the traditions and culture of the Republic. The survey had been carried out on behalf of Co-operation Ireland.



Remembering all innocent victims of the Troubles

Today is the anniversary of the follow  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.

12  people lost their lives on the 14Th August between 1969 – 1994


14 August 1969

 John Gallagher,  (30)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Special Constabulary (USC)
Shot during street disturbances, Cathedral Road, Armagh.


14 August 1969

Patrick Rooney,   (9)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC)
Shot at his home, during nearby street disturbances, St Brendan’s Path, Divis Flats, Belfast.


14 August 1971

John Robinson  (21) nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA)
Shot by sniper while on British Army (BA) mobile patrol, Butler Street, Ardoyne, Belfast.


14 August 1972

 David Storey,

(36) nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed by booby trap bomb left outside Casement Park British Army (BA) base, Andersonstown, Belfast.


14 August 1972
Brian Hope,   (20) nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Killed by booby trap bomb left outside Casement Park British Army (BA) base, Andersonstown, Belfast.


14 August 1972
Charles McNeill,  (70)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Shot during sniper attack on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Brompton Park, Ardoyne, Belfast.


14 August 1974
Joseph McGuinness  (13)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Shot while walking along North Queen Street, New Lodge, Belfast.


14 August 1974

Paul Magorrian,  (21)

Status: Irish Republican Army (IRA),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot while walking through St Malachy’s estate, Castlewellan, County Down


14 August 1975
William Meaklin,   (28)

Status: ex-Royal Ulster Constabulary (xRUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Abducted while driving his delivery van, Mullaghduff, near Cullyhanna, County Armagh. Found shot, near Newtownhamilton, County Armagh, on 15 August 1975.


14 August 1976

Majella O’Hare,  (12)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot while walking near to her home, Ballymoyer, near Whitecross, County Armagh.


14 August 1980
James Bell,  (24)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot during attempted burglary of Greenvale Restaurant, Cookstown, County Tyrone


14 August 1994

Sean Monaghan,  (20)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF)
Found shot, on waste ground, off Ottawa Street, Woodvale, Belfast