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1st October – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles
1st October

 

Tuesday 1 October 1968

The Apprentice Boys of Derry announced its intention to hold an ‘annual’ march along the same proposed route of the Civil Rights demonstration, on the same day and at the same time.

[This particular tactic had been used on several occasions before and many times after the Derry March. It provided the excuse needed to ban the march.]

A new Northern Ireland university opened at Coleraine, County Londonderry. The university was named the New University of Ulster.

[The decision to build the university at Coleraine had caused a great deal of controversy among all shades of opinion in Derry who felt that as the second city of Northern Ireland Derry should have received the economic stimulus the university would have brought. The university merged in October 1984 with Jordanstown Polytechnic, Magee College in Derry and Belfast Art College to form the University of Ulster.]

Friday 1 October 1971

A British soldier was killed in Belfast.

Friday 1 October 1982

A motion was passed at the Labour Party conference which called for a ban on the use of plastic bullets in the whole of the United Kingdom (UK).

Monday 1 October 1990

At a fringe meeting at the British Labour Party conference Seamus Mallon, then deputy leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), stated that Peter Brooke, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, should abandon the agenda drawn up in the summer for the proposed political talks.

Tuesday 1 October 1991

A motion on Northern Ireland was debated at the Labour Party conference in Brighton in England. The motion would have required the Labour Party to organise and contest elections in Northern Ireland. However, the motion was heavily defeated.

Friday 1 October 1993

Representatives of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) held a meeting with Michael Ancram, then Political Development Minister at the Northern Ireland Office (NIO). The DUP members refused to discuss their latest policy document ‘Breaking the Log-Jam’ unless Ancram undertook to ignore the Hume-Adams Initiative.

Sunday 1 October 1995

Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin (SF), made his first visit to Scotland. Loyalists held a protest against his visit. Police arrested five of the protesters.

Monday 1 October 2001

The Loyalist protest at the Holy Cross Girls’ Primary School resumed at the beginning of a new week. Protesters held a noisy protest but also threw ballons, filled with urine, at parents and children. Reg Empy (Ulster Unionist Party; UUP), then Acting First Minister, and Seamus Mallon (Social Democratic and Labour Party; SDLP), then Acting Deputy First Minister, meet with local representatives in Ardoyne, north Belfast, to discuss the situation at the Holy Cross school.

Empy said there was no excuse for the on-going protest at the school. [The protest first began on 20 June 2001 and the current phase started on 3 September 2001.] David Trimble, then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), called on the British government to crackdown on the money made by paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland. Trimble made his call at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, England.

[Gordon Brown, then Chancellor, had earlier announced that he was freezing the alleged assets, held in the UK, of the Taleban government in Afghanistan.]

The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) began a two-day conference on Human Rights and Policing at the Hilton Hotel in Belfast. The conference will address issues of police accountability, policing a diverse society and the European perspective on policing.

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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.

  5  People lost their lives on the 1st October  between 1971 – 1982

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01 October 1971
Peter Sharpe,   (22) nfNI
Status: British Army (BA),

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

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01 October 1972


Michael Hayes, (27)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: British Army (BA)
Shot while walking along Edlingham Street, New Lodge, Belfast.

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01 October 1973


Eileen Doherty, (19)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ), K

illed by: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Died shortly after being shot by other passenger, while travelling in a taxi, Annadale Embankment, Ballynafeigh, Belfast.

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01 October 1976
Victor Dormer,  (25)

Protestant
Status: British Army (BA) ,

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Died one month after being shot while in relative’s home, Copperfield Street, Tiger’s Bay, Belfast. He was injured on 29 August 1976.

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01 October 1982

John Eagleson,  (57)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty reservist. Shot while travelling on his motorcycle to work, Drum Manor, near Cookstown, County Tyrone

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26th September – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

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Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

26th    September

Saturday 26 September 1970

There was serious trouble in Belfast when groups of Protestant youths attacked the Catholic Unity Flats. Rioting continued in the Protestant Shankill Road area for four nights.

Sunday 26 September 1971

David Bleakley resigned as Minister of Community Relations in protest over the introduction of Internment and the lack of any new political initiatives by the Northern Ireland government.

Monday 27 September 1971

There was a series of tripartite talks, over two days, involving the prime ministers of Northern Ireland, Britain, and the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland, which took place at Chequers, England.

Saturday 26 September 1981

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Liam McCloskey

Liam McCloskey, then on day 55 of his hunger strike, ended his fast. McCloskey’s family had said that they would call for medical intervention to save his life if he became unconscious.

Monday 26 September 1983

Patrick Gilmour, the father of ‘supergrass’ informer Raymond Gilmour, was released by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) having been held for 10 months.

A group of representatives from the New Ireland Forum paid a visit to Derry during which there were attacked by Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) demonstrators. James Prior, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, established an inquiry into the Maze escape (on 25 September 1983) under the direction of James Hennessy.

[The report of the inquiry was published on 26 January 1984. See also: 11 October 1983.]

(??) September 1983

The Director of Public Prosecutions ordered four Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers to stand trial for murder in the ‘shoot-to-kill’ investigation.

Wednesday 26 September 1990

Peter Brooke, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, stated that he might produce his own proposals for the future of Northern Ireland.

Saturday 26 September 1992

In a radio interview John Hume, then leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), declared that Northern Ireland was “not a natural entity and therefore you cannot have a normal democracy”. In addition he went on to describe the SDLP’s proposal, already outlined at the political talks, for the governance of Northern Ireland.

Tuesday 26 September 1995

John Major, then British Prime Minister, held a meeting with John Hume, then leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), in London. Major also had a separate meeting with Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Friday 26 September 1997

Following a request by the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) Marjorie (Mo) Mowlam, then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, approved the transfer of Jason Campbell from a Scottish prison to the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland.

The decision drew criticism from Unionists and Nationalists.

[Campbell was serving a sentence for the murder of a Celtic football supporter in Glasgow in October 1995. The killing was purely sectarian in nature and the man had been attacked because he was wearing the colours of the Celtic team. Later it was revealed that Campbell had no close family connections in Northern Ireland. The PUP later withdrew its request for Campbell’s transfer.]

Mowlam held a meeting with Ian Paisley, then leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), but failed in her effort to persuade Paisley to join the multi-party talks. A memorial to the 33 people who were killed in the Dublin and Monaghan bombs in the Republic of Ireland on 17 May 1974 was unveiled in Talbot Street in Dublin. Five Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoners who were serving sentences in Portlaoise Prison in the Republic of Ireland were granted early release.

Sunday 26 September 1999

Ken Maginnis, then Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) MP, said the meeting of UUP Assembly members in Glasgow at the weekend was not an attempt to discuss a change of policy on Irish Republican Army (IRA) decommissioning. He insisted that tactics in the Assembly, not overall party strategy, had been discussed. The ‘Long March’ walked from Sandy Row in south Belfast to Stormont. Approximately 600 people took part in the march to protest against “terrorists in government”.

Wednesday 26 September 2001

The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) discovered a pipe-bomb in north Belfast. The device was found at the Everton Complex, Ardoyne Road, at about 3.00am (03.00BST) and was made safe by the British Army.

Tension remained high in north Belfast during the evening and a Loyalist protest, which blocked the Crumlin Road, turned into a serious riot as the RUC came under gun fire, and pipe-bomb, blast bomb, and petrol bomb attack. The RUC said they had moved to prevent Loyalists from attacking Catholic homes.

Thirty-three RUC officers were reported to have been injured in the riot. The RUC said that approximately 50 shots were fired at police lines, six blast bombs were thrown, along with 125 petrol bombs. The RUC returned fire with four bullet rounds and also fired nine ‘L21 A1’ plastic baton rounds.

The Loyalist protesters at the Holy Cross Girls’ Primary School threw fireworks at Children and parents returning from the school during the afternoon. It was reported that the Red Hand Defenders (RHD), a cover name used by members of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), had renewed its threat against parents taking their children to school.

The Police Federation criticised an internal RUC draft report suggesting how the new Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) could maintain a neutral working environment. The Federation said that a “clean walls policy” could airbrush out any reference to the RUC. Shorts, the aerospace manufacturers based in Belfast, announced it would have to lay off 900 people in the period up to the end of January 2002 because of the anticipated fall in demand for aircraft caused by the attacks in the United States of America. It was also announced that another 1,100 people may may have to be made redundant after January.


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 26th September  between 1972 – 1982

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26 September 1972
Paul McCartan,   (52)

Catholic
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
Found shot near his home, Park Avenue, Strandtown, Belfast.

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26 September 1981


George Stewart,  (34)

Protestant
Status: Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
Off duty. Shot while in the Ann Boal Inn, Killough, County Down.

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26 September 1982


William Nixon,   (68)

Protestant
Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish National Liberation Army (INLA)
Shot outside his home, Harland Walk, off Newtownards Road, Belfast

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