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1st August – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles


1st August

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles Claudy Bomb

Friday 1 August 1975

James Marks

 Two Catholic civilians, Joseph Toland (78) and James Marks (42), died as a result of a gun attack on a minibus near Gilford, County Down. Marks died from his injuries on 7 January 1976.

No group claimed responsibility but ‘Lost Lives’ (2004; p614) records: “the attack …, according to reliable loyalist sources, was carried out by the UVF”.

Lt Gen David Leakey.jpg

David House, then a Lieutenant-General in the British Army, replaced Frank King as General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the army in Northern Ireland.

Tuesday 1 August 1978

 Tomás Ó Fiaich, Catholic Primate of Ireland, who had paid a visit to Republican prisoners in the Maze Prison on 30 July 1978, issued a statement saying that the prisoners engaged in the ‘blanket protest’ where living in ‘inhuman’ conditions.

At this stage of the ‘blanket protest’ over 300 Republican prisoners were refusing to wear prison clothes or follow normal prison regulations. This protest was an attempt to secure a return of special category status for people convicted of politically motivated crimes.

Wednesday 1 August 1979

The United States (US) State Department halted a private firearms shipment to Northern Ireland. The shipment also included firearms that were intended for the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). The RUC later purchased the arms from West Germany instead.

This decision by the US State Department was brought about by a campaign to try to bring pressure on the British government to undertake a new political initiative in Northern Ireland to find a solution to the conflict.

The campaign was headed by the so-called ‘Four Horsemen’ who were: ‘Tip’ O’Neill, then Speaker of the House of Representatives, Edward Kennedy, then a Senator, Daniel Moynihan, then a Senator, and Hugh Carey, then Governor of New York. Previously the US had been uncritical of British policy in Northern Ireland and these developments were to prove worrying for the British

Saturday 1 August 1981

Seventh Hunger Striker Died

Kevin Lynch (25) died after 71 days on hunger strike. Lynch was a member of the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA).

See 1981 Hungry Strikes

Monday 1 August 1988

An Irish Republic Army (IRA) bomb killed one soldier and injured nine at an army barracks in London. It was the first IRA bomb in Britain since the ‘Brighton’ bombing on 12 October 1984.

Friday 1 August 1997

Stewart Hunter (24), a Protestant civilian, was found dead at the side of a road near his home near Larne, County Antrim.

It was believed that Loyalist paramilitaries were responsible for the killing

Saturday 1 August 1998

Thirty-three civilians and two members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) were injured when a car bomb, estimated at 500 pounds, exploded in Banbridge, County Down.

Extensive damage was also caused in the explosion that was later claimed by the “real” Irish Republican Army (rIRA).

The government in the Republic of Ireland took the decision to release six Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoners from Portlaoise Prison. [Unionists reacted angrily to the announcement.

Sunday 1 August 1999

In the aftermath of the killing of Charles Bennett on 30 July 1999, John Bruton, then Leader of Fine Gael, called upon Bertie Ahern, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), to make “an authoritative statement” on the relationship between Sinn Féin (SF) and the Irish Republican Army (IRA).


Wednesday 1 August 2001

Implementation Plan Published and Bomb At Belfast Airport

British Army technical officers defused a car-bomb was left in the main car park at Belfast International Airport. There had been an initial warning at 5.00am (0500BST) but security forces were unable to locate the bomb. Following a second warning the vehicle was found close to the main terminal building.

The car park was closed but flights in and out of the airport were not affected. The “real” Irish Republican Army (rIRA) was thought to have been responsible for the attack.

The British and Irish governments published their Implementation Plan for the Good Friday Agreement. The document addressed the remaining issues of policing, normalisation, stability of the institutions, and decommissioning of paramilitary weapons.

The political parties were given until Monday 6 August 2001 to give their response to the proposals. The funeral of Gavin Brett (18), who had been shot dead by Loyalist paramilitaries on 29 July 2001, took place at Carnmoney Parish Church. Nigel Baylor (Rev), then Church of Ireland rector, said that those responsible for the killing “have done nothing but bring shame on the name of Protestantism



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.

6 People lost their lives on the 1st August   between 1972 – 2001



01 August 1973

Peter Wilson, (21)


Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)

Abducted somewhere in the St. James area, Belfast. His remains eventually found by information supplied anonymously, buried in land at foreshore, Waterfoot, County Antrim, on 2 November 2010.


01 August 1975

Joseph Toland,  (78)


Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)

Shot during gun attack while travelling in mini bus, near Gilford, County Down.


01 August 1975

James Marks,  (42)


Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: non-specific Loyalist group (LOY)

Shot during gun attack while driving mini bus, near Gilford, County Down. He died 7 January 1976.


01 August 1976

John Bovaird, (33)


Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)

Shot at his home, Annalee Street, Lower Oldpark, Belfast. Lived with Catholic family.


01 August 1981

Kevin Lynch, (25)


Status: Irish National Liberation Army (INLA),

Killed by: Hunger Striker

Died on the 71st day of hunger strike, Long Kesh / Maze Prison, County Down.


01 August 1988

Michael Robbins, (23) nfNIB

Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)

Killed in time bomb attack on Inglis British Army (BA) base, Mill Hill, London. 


11th September – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

11th   September

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

Thursday 11 September 1975

Harold Wilson, then British Prime Minister, together with Merlyn Rees, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, held a meeting with Margaret Thatcher, then leader of the Conservative Party, to brief her about a number of matters including Northern Ireland.

[On 3 May 2006 the Irish News (a Belfast based newspaper) published details of confidential cabinet minutes that had been taken at the meeting. The minutes reveal that the British government was aware of collusion between the security forces, particularly the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), and Loyalist paramilitaries.]

Monday 11 September 1989

Further security forces documents, containing details of suspected Irish Republican Army (IRA) members, were reported to have gone missing. Nationalists called for the disbandment of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR).

Wednesday 11 September 1996

John Bruton, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), addressed a joint session of the United States Congress. His address was upbeat and optimistic about the prospects for progress in the all-party talks and also the possibility of a new Irish Republican Army (IRA) ceasefire.

Thursday 11 September 1997

An Phoblacht published an interview with an Irish Republican Army (IRA) spokesperson who said that “the IRA would have problems with sections of the Mitchell Principles”. However, the person said that what Sinn Féin (SF) decided to do “was a matter for them”.

[SF signed up to the Mitchell Principles on 9 September 1997.]

In a referendum in Scotland the electorate voted for a devolved parliament with tax-raising powers.

[The Labour Party policy of conceding devolution was considered by many commentators as an attempt to undermine growing demands for independence for Scotland. Some people believe that independence in Scotland would have implications on the constitutional position of Northern Ireland.]

Friday 11 September 1998

First Paramilitary Prisoners Released Under Agreement The first of the paramilitary prisoners were released from jails in Northern Ireland under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. Seven prisoners, including three Republican and three Loyalist, were released in a programme that was expected to take two years to complete.

Bertie Ahern, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), told Chris Patten, then chairman of the Commission reviewing the future of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), that major reform of the force was necessary if the force was to become acceptable to both communities in Northern Ireland. Ahern made his comments during a meeting with Patten at Government buildings in Dublin.

Monday 11 September 2000

A family escaped uninjured after a pipe-bomb was thrown at their home on the Ballysally estate in Coleraine, County Derry. The attack was carried out by Loyalist paramilitaries.

Tuesday 11 September 2001

Richard Haass, then a United States special envoy, was in Dublin for a meeting with Bertie Ahern, then Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), when news of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington were passed to the two men. Richard Haass decided to continue with his meetings in Dublin and then to travel to Belfast for pre-arranged meetings with political leaders in Northern Ireland.

The Loyalist protest at the Holy Cross Girls’ Primary School followed the pattern of yesterday. Loyalist protesters remained silent as Catholic children and parents made their way into the school along a security cordon. However, protesters used air horns (klaxons), blew whistles, and banged metal bin lids, as the Catholic parents made their way back down the Ardoyne Road.

Aidan Troy (Fr), then Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Holy Cross Girls’ Primary School, together with a local Protestant clergyman, held a meeting with representatives of the Concerned Residents of Upper Ardoyne (CRUA) who were engaged in a protest at the school. The meeting was described as “exploratory”. John Reid, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, held a meeting with representatives of the residents of the Glenbryn estate who were engaged in the protest at the Holy Cross school in Ardoyne, north Belfast. The meeting lasted for 2 hours but residents made no comment after the meeting.

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 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.

 3 People lost their lives on the 11th September  between 1976 – 1992


11 September 1976

Victor Moody,  (18)

Status: Ulster Defence Association (UDA),

Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Found shot in entry off Disraeli Street, Shankill, Belfast. Internal Ulster Defence Association (UDA) dispute.


11 September 1978

Howard Donaghy, (24)

Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot at the site of his new home, Loughmacrory, near Carrickmore, County Tyrone


11 September 1992

Michael Macklin,   (31)

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish People’s Liberation Organisation (IPLO)
Shot outside his home, Whiterock Gardens, Ballymurphy, Belfast. Internal Irish People’s Liberation Oraganisation (IPLO) feud.

Main source CAIN Web Service

Major Events in the Troubles

See 12th Sept

The Jihad culture of death. British Muslims need to stand up and be counted!

Remembering all victims of the 7/7 Bombings

Today as we remember the innocent victims of the 7/7 bombing my thoughts are with the families of those so callously murdered that day and the many injured, both physically and mentally who will live with the terrible events of that day for the rest of their lives.

The 52 victims were of diverse backgrounds; among them were several foreign-born British nationals, foreign exchange students, parents. Christian alongside Muslins and other faiths died for the twisted ideology of a few sick individuals. More than 700 more were also injured in the attacks.

Three of the bombers were British-born sons of Pakistani immigrants; Lindsay was a convert born in Jamaica. All had lived in our country and enjoyed our freedom and democracy and this made their betrayal all the more hard to stomach.

The investigation into the bombings found that both Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer had previously spent several months in Pakistan where it is very likely that they were in contact with Al-Qaeda and went through extensive extremist training. Regardless of where these animals were radicalised It is a sad truth that throughout history all terrorists fundamentally see themselves as altruists believing that they are serving a “good” cause designed to achieve a greater good for a wider constituency—whether real or imagined—which the terrorist and his organization or cell purport to represent.

For decades the IRA and other Republican terrorists waged a indiscriminate savage war against the British government and people and the British population were sadly familiar with the slaughter of the innocent and murder of members of their security forces on an industrial scale. That doesn’t mean we were immune to the almost daily attacks during the height of the troubles, but we learnt to live with it and day to day life continued in spite of the shock and horror of these terrorist outrages. The British people have long been able to move forward after such attacks and this resolve must surely send a message to all terrorist throughout the world. You can attack us, kill our people and hurt us but we will never give in to your demands and we will hunt you to the ends of the earth.

Hell has no fury like a vengeful British public.

Growing up in Loyalist Belfast during the worst years of the troubles I have seen things that no child should ever have to witness and I have lost count of how many bombs, bullets, murders and terrorist attacks that have affected me directly. As a child I was always fearful of the IRA and lived in a constant state of alertness for the next IRA attack and every car that backed fired was a bomb going off and I would “hit the deck”

Death stalked the streets of Belfast & Northern Ireland day in and day out and there was no escape from the madness that surrounded and engulfed us.

The communities from The Shankill , The Falls and surrounding areas arguable suffered most during the Troubles , as not only were we on the “frontline” of the sectarian divide , but the paramilitaries from both sides lived and operated among us. I have lost count of how many people I grew up with whom have been murdered, imprisoned or had their life’s destroyed as a direct result of the Troubles.

When I had finally had enough of the madness of Belfast I moved to London and began to build a better life for myself and was able to look forward to the future. Most of the people I met were friendly and accommodating and I made friends fast and learnt a bit about the world. However there was always an element of suspicion and mistrust in some people and this was largely because of my thick Belfast accent. I have lost count of how many times I have been in pubs or clubs in London and people have heard my accent and automatically came to the conclusion that I was either a member of the IRA or I sympathised with their cause.

This was extremely annoying to me and as I am very proud of my Protestant culture and heritage.

I was born British into a British country and I am extremely proud of my British & Unionist heritage That doesn’t mean I hate Catholics or wish harm on them, I don’t, it means I have a different point of view and democracy is all about freedom of choice and my choice is to maintain the Union with the UK and embrace and celebrate my loyalist culture and traditions.

I remember once I was working part time as a barman in a private members club in central London and the membership was largely made up of retired British army personnel. One day whilst working I noticed a guy at the end of the bar whom had no legs from the knee down. When I went to serve him, he started to abuse me and told me that his legs had been blown off in a bomb attack in Belfast and he hated all “Paddy’s”.

Not my problem I told him.

When he heard that I was from the Shankill Road his attitude changed and he even left me a large tip.

Another time there was a huge leaving do for someone high up in the British Army and the day before all these security force persons arrived and swept the place, I suppose making sure there were no bombs or terrorists hiding in the loo. When one of these guys heard my accent he came over and had a casual chat with me. Five minutes after they had completed the sweep the bar manager came over and told me to go home as I wasn’t needed anymore. I knew this to be a lie, as I had been called in last minute. The next day I got a call to say I wouldn’t be needed that day and furthermore they never used to again. I was a victim of discrimination due to my accent and there was nothing I could do about it.

The point I am trying to make is that at the minute there is a sense of suspicion and mistrust surrounding all Muslims and many British Muslins feel isolated and ostracised. I know from first hand experience what it feels like to be judge on your culture (Belfast Accent) and face prejudice on a regular basis.

British muslim’s need to stand up and be counted and let the rest of the UK know that they abhor the extremists and they will do everything in their power to steer their young away from the preachers of hate and bring these scum to the attention of the authorities.

At the minute the silence from the Muslim community is deafening and its up to their leaders to lead the way and show their communities that they are proud to be British and stand along side us in the fight against the merchants of death. the  mistrust that many hold against the Muslim community .

I can understand the mistrust and suspicion many white British people feel towards Muslims and Islam.  This is largely due to the actions of a few twisted individuals whom follow the Jihhad culture of death and can’t wait to claim their 72 Dark-Eyed Virgins when they arrive in heaven.

Jihhad Bride

If there is a god and any justice the only thing waiting for them in heaven will hopefully be a nine hundred pound ugly transvestite, will long black teeth and short curly beards and a taste for sadistic torture and all of eternity to torment these scum of thee earth

To beat terrorism we must stand as one and send a clear message out to the Jihad death merchants and the message is this.

You will never defeat us and no matter how long it takes we will destroy you and your erase your twisted ideology forever!

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Omagh Bombing – The IRA’s Deadliest Massacre of Civilians

Omagh Bombing – The IRA’s Deadliest Massacre of Civilians

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See 29 people Slaughtered by the Real IRA

The Omagh bombing was a deliberate massacre of civilians carried out by the Irish Republican Army on Saturday 15 August 1998, in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Twenty-nine people were murdered in the attack and approximately 220 people were injured. The attack was described by the BBC as “Northern Ireland’s worst single terrorist atrocity” and by the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, as an “appalling act of savagery and evil”.

The victims included people from many different backgrounds: Protestants, Catholics, a Mormon teenager, five other teenagers, six children, a woman pregnant with twins, two Spanish tourists, and other tourists on a day trip from the Republic of Ireland. The nature of the bombing created a strong international and local outcry against the IRA, and spurred on the Northern Ireland peace process.

Builder and publican Colm Murphy was tried, convicted, and then released after it was revealed that the Gardaí forged interview notes used in the case. Murphy’s nephew Sean Hoey was also tried and found not guilty. Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde said that he expects no further prosecutions. In June 2009, the families of all the killed victims won a £1.6 million civil action against four defendants..

The Omagh bombing is only one in a long list of savage massacres of civilians in Northern Ireland by catholic fundamentalists from the IRA. Others include the La Mon napalm bombing where elderly pensioners were burnt alive while eating in a hotel restaurant, the Kingsmill massacre which involved the cold-blooded murder of a bus full of protestant factory workers, the Enniskillen bombing which involved a bomb planted at a war memorial on Remembrance Sunday and the Darkley church shooting in which a small, rural protestant church was attacked with automatic rifles during a Sunday church service.


Omagh Bombing The True Story


Deaths in Northern Ireland.

Below is a documentary  about the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and gives some general background information to the roots of the {recent } problems between the two warring communities. The Loyalist , whom are proud of their connection to the British state and wish to remain part of thee United Kingdom  and the Republicans who want nothing to do with the British state and are fighting for a United Ireland. Two sides locked in an age old conflict , a remnant of the British Empire  and decades of bloodshed and slaughter in the name of a Free State. History is littered with the blood of the innocent and Northern Ireland sent to many to early graves and this website and my book is dedicated to the memory of the innocent victims of the Troubles and those they left behind.  I will be updating and adding new links on a regular basis , so please come back.


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Since the Troubles began in the early sixties over 3500 people have been killed and injured and this website is dedicated to th Since the troubles began in the early sixties over 3500 people have been murdered or injured and this book is dedicated to all those innocent victims of the troubles and those they left behind. To those paramilitaries whom lost their lives during the “WAR” , well you choose to live by the sword and Good will judge you.

Please click on the picture below or follow the link  to view a list of those killed during the troubles and other stats and information of interest to those interested in the Northern Troubles.



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