Northern Ireland The Forgotten War
These posts are not to promote any paramilitary group it is merely showing incidents that the RGJ might have been caught up in during their tours.
Events of the
Provisional I R A
1993 to 1998
5th January 1993: Three soldiers were injured by a bomb in Belfast while evacuating Belfast’s city hall area after a warning was issue by an IRA telephone call.
6th January 1993: Large parts of London were cordoned off after IRA fire-bombs exploded in a number of stores.
6th January 1993: A 25 lb explosive device went off at Dungannon, causing minor damage and no victims.
7th January 1993: The IRA attempted to detonate a bomb at an oil and gas storage depot in east Belfast. Another IRA bomb was defused in a bookshop in London.
8th January 1993: A British Army post was mortared and a helicopter attacked with machine-gun fire at Kinawley, County Fermanagh.
11th January 1993: The victim of an IRA punishment attack in Dungannon had to have one of his legs amputated.
11th January 1993: An IRA unit launched a rocket at an RUC base in south Belfast.
11th January 1993: A Protestant was shot dead while driving his car along Donaghmore Road in Dungannon, County Tyrone. The IRA claimed the man, who was a member of the Pomeroy Faith Defenders Orange Lodge, was a commander of the UVF in Tyrone and had been responsible for the killings of Catholic civilians. This was denied by the man’s family.
14th January 1993: The IRA fired a rocket at an RUC patrol in Derry.
14th January 1993: The IRA fired a mortar at an RUC base in Andersonstown, Belfast.
15th January 1993: The IRA exploded two bombs in Belfast; one of them ignited a fire that destroyed a car showrooms.
15th January 1993: An IRA bomb blast targeted an Army and RUC patrol in Main street, Carrickmore, County Tyrone, resulting in a number of injured.
19th January 1993: The IRA claimed that their militants uncovered and destroyed a British army observation post concealed in a derelict house in Drumcairne Forest, near Stewartstown, County Tyrone. The same source reported that a British helicopter and ground forces arrived to the scene shortly after, and that local residents believed that two soldiers had been injured.
20th January 1993: The IRA mortared Clogher RUC base in County Tyrone, causing considerable damage to the building.
23rd January 1993: An RUC officer was shot dead by the IRA while on foot patrol on Shipquay Street in Derry. He was shot twice in the back of the head at close range by a lone gunman.
23rd January 1993: An off-duty British soldier and a gunman were injured in a shoot-out at Newtownstewart, County Tyrone. The IRA claimed that a 600 lb bomb failed to explode at Cappagh, County Tyrone.
23rd January 1993: Republican sources claimed that an IRA unit fired 200 machine gun rounds on a British army outpost at CIonatty Bridge, Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh. A similar attack was carried out the next day on another observation post in Killyvilly, also in Fermanagh.
27th January 1993: An IRA bomb exploded outside Harrods, London, injuring four people.
3rd February 1993: Two small IRA bombs exploded in England. One at South Kensington underground station in London and the other at Kent House railway station.
6th February 1993: The IRA fired a Mark-16 grenade at a British Army patrol on Ross Street, Belfast.
9th February 1993: A British soldier was killed and four others badly wounded when an IRA unit detonated a remote-controlled bomb fixed to a wall as a foot patrol passed on Cathedral Road, Armagh town.
10th February 1993: A small IRA bomb exploded in a residential area of London.
12th February 1993: A bomb is thrown at British troops by an IRA unit near Cookstown, County Tyrone, but the device failed to explode.
15th February 1993: A British soldier was shot dead by the IRA outside his home in the Highfields area of Belfast. He was walking down the street when a car drew alongside and fired a burst of shots from an AK-47 assault rifle, hitting the soldier four times. As he lay wounded a second gunman stepped out of the car and shot the victim three times in the head with a handgun.
( 17th February 1993: Rfn David Fenley, Death by violent or unnatural causes. )
20th February 1993: Four British soldiers were injured when their patrol vehicle was hit by a rocket in the Woodburn area of Belfast.
20th February 1993: Three Protestant civilians were shot and injured at a bar in Belfast. The IRA claimed that one of the men was a Royal Irish Regiment soldier.
21st February 1993: Dunnes Stores in the Park Centre, Belfast was fire-bombed by the IRA.
22nd February 1993: Two RUC officers were injured in an IRA bomb attack on a base in Derry.
24th February 1993: An RUC officer was killed by an IRA booby-trap bomb attached to his car in Loughgall, County Armagh. The bomb exploded as he travelled up a small hill. His legs were blown off in the explosion.
25th February 1993: An RUC officer was shot dead by the IRA’s South Armagh Sniper while on joint British Army and RUC foot patrol in Crossmaglen, County Armagh. He was taking cover at the side of a road and when he stood up he was hit by a single bullet which struck him in the chest.
26th February 1993: A British Police Officer was shot and injured by the IRA in Warrington, England after stopping a suspect car. Three bombs later exploded at the nearby gasworks causing extensive damage.
27th February 1993: The IRA detonated a bomb at Camden Market in London; 18 people were injured.
1st March 1993: An IRA unit launched two mortar bombs at a security base in Bessbrook, County Armagh. At least three people were injured and 30 houses suffered damage.
6th March 1993: The IRA ambushed a car carrying two loyalist paramilitary figures. One was shot and wounded in the attack which took place in the Shankill area of Belfast.
7th March 1993: Four RUC officers were badly injured when the IRA detonated a car-bomb on the Main Street of Bangor, County Down.
7th March 1993: An IRA unit fired several shots on a former UDR soldier at his home in Dungannon, County Tyrone, injuring his nine-year-old son.
8th March 1993: Two RUC officers and three civilians were wounded by an IRA bomb blast in Belfast. Another RUC officer was shot and wounded at a Belfast checkpoint.
8th March 1993: The IRA launched a mortar attack on Keady British Army base, County Armagh. A civilian who was working as a contractor for the British Army was killed when three barrack buster mortars were fired into the base. The man was operating a crane when it was struck by one of the mortars.
9th March 1993: The IRA took over two houses in the Woodburn area of Belfast and fired a rocket from a window at a British foot patrol.
9th March 1993: A British soldier was shot and wounded by the IRA in east Belfast.
10th March 1993: A Protestant man was shot dead by the IRA in the Oldpark area of Belfast. The IRA claimed he was a loyalist paramilitary. Two IRA volunteers entered his shop, the first shot the man a number of times in the chest at close range and the second shot him with an AK-47 assault rifle as he lay wounded on the floor. His family denied he was a member of a loyalist paramilitary group.
13th March 1993: The IRA mortared a British Army observation post at Glasdrumman, County Armagh.
17th March 1993: A British soldier was shot dead by the IRA’s South Armagh Sniper while on duty in Forkill, County Armagh. The patrol were in pursuit of a man who had been acting suspiciously when a single high velocity shot was fired by a sniper who is believed to have been in a nearby vehicle. The bullet hit the soldier in the side and he died a short time later. Another British soldier returned fire at the vehicle but scored no hits.
20th March 1993: Two IRA bombs exploded in Warrington, killing two children and injuring over 50 people. A coded warning was issued to the Samaritans, but police said it placed the bomb outside a Boots chemist shop in Liverpool, 16 miles (26 km) away from Boots in Warrington, where the detonation occurred.
25th March 1993: There was a multiple weapons attack by the IRA on a British Army watchtower, the Borucki sangar, in Crossmaglen, County Armagh.
3rd April 1993: A British soldier was shot and injured by the IRA near Crossmaglen.
7th April 1993: Three British soldiers were wounded when the IRA mortared their base in Crossmaglen. The IRA also detonated a bomb at a Conservative Party club in London.
15th April 1993: Two IRA bombs were defused in Belfast.
20th April 1993: The IRA detonated a small bomb in Derry.
22nd April 1993: The small village of Cullaville, County Armagh, along the border with the Republic, was taken over by an IRA unit for two hours without reaction of the British forces and despite the presence of a military watchtower nearby. ( See Occupation of Cullaville )
23rd April 1993: A small IRA bomb detonated at an Esso oil refinery in North Shields, England, causing moderate damage.
24th April 1993: The IRA detonated a huge truck bomb at Bishopsgate in the City of London, which killed one person and injured 44 more. The explosion caused damage estimated at £1bn, including the near destruction of St Ethelburga’s Bishopsgate. The Police confirmed the IRA had phoned in 18 accurate warnings before the explosion. The man who was killed was a press photographer who appears to have slipped through the security cordon to obtain footage of the explosion. The device delivered the equivalent to 1,200 kg. of TNT, and was compared with the power of a tactical nuclear device. Two bombs also exploded in hijacked minicabs in London, but nobody was injured.
25th April 1993: A former UDR soldier was killed when an IRA booby trap exploded underneath his car in Kildress, County Tyrone. The IRA claimed he had also loyalist connections.
6th May 1993: A British soldier was badly injured in an IRA car-bomb attack in Lurgan.
9th May 1993: Two IRA incendiary devices ignited in the Galleries shopping centre in Bristol, causing damage but no injuries.
12th May 1993: An IRA incendiary device partially detonated in the Cornmarket area of Oxford.
20th May 1993: A 1,000 lb (450 kg) IRA bomb exploded in Glengall Street, Belfast, causing over 5 million pounds worth of damage.
22nd May 1993: A 1,000 lb (450 kg) IRA bomb devastated Portadown town centre.
23rd May 1993: A 200 lb (91 kg) IRA bomb wrecked a hotel in south Belfast.
23rd May 1993: An IRA bomb containing over 1,500 lb (680 kg) of explosives was detonated in the centre of Magherafelt, County Londonderry, causing millions of pounds worth of damage.
26thy May 1993: A British soldier was wounded in an IRA attack in east Belfast.
31st May 1993: A British soldier was killed by the IRA when he triggered a booby trap bomb attached to his car in Moneymore, south County Londonderry, near Cookstown.
6th June 1993: Two RUC officers were injured in an IRA bomb attack in west Belfast.
6thy June 1993: The IRA mortared the RUC base in Carrickmore, County Tyrone.
7th June 1993: The IRA detonated a bomb at a gasworks in Tyneside, England.
9th June 1993: An IRA bomb exploded at a petrol storage depot in Tyneside, England. Two small IRA bombs exploded at an Esso oil refinery in North Shields.
11th June 1993: The IRA mortared Crossmaglen British Army base, County Armagh.
22nd June 1993: The IRA detonated a bomb at a hotel in Newry.
24th June 1993: A former UDR soldier died after being shot several times at close range by the IRA outside his home in Lurgan, County Armagh. He had seen his killers approaching and had his personal protection weapon drawn but had not time to use it.
26th June 1993: A British soldier was shot dead by the IRA’s South Armagh Sniper near Newtownhamilton, County Armagh. He had been patrolling through fields when an IRA sniper fired a single high-velocity shot which hit him in the stomach. The sniper had fired from the back of a stationary vehicle.
3rd July 1993: Strabane courthouse was bombed by the IRA.
5thy July 1993: A 1,500 lb bomb caused extensive damaged in the centre of Newtownards, County Down.
10th July 1993: A barn near Dungannon was hit by an IRA mortar bomb that appeared to have gone off prematurely. A suspected IRA volunteer was later arrested at Newtownstewart while heading to the border. He was apparently injured in the mishap and admitted under armed guard at a Belfast hospital.
15th July 1993: An IRA car-bomb exploded at central station in Belfast causing extensive damage.
17th July 1993: A British soldier was shot dead by the IRA’s South Armagh Sniper while on foot patrol in Crossmaglen, County Armagh.
18th July 1993: A large IRA car bomb was defused in the town of Banbridge, County Down, by a British Army disposal team which carried out a controlled explosion. Fifty houses were evacuated for a lapse of five hours.
25th July 1993: Riots erupted in Dungannon, County Tyrone, after a combined Army/RUC patrol came under attack by the IRA.
31st July 1993: A British Army mobile checkpoint is fired at by the IRA’s South Armagh Sniper at Newtownhamilton, County Armagh. The British patrol manning the checkpoint returned fire.
12th August 1993: Five RUC officers and four civilians were wounded in an IRA attack in south Belfast.
13th August 1993: The IRA fire-bombed six premises in Bournemouth, England and also detonated a bomb on the pier.
14th August 1993: A 21 lb (9.5 kg) IRA bomb exploded outside a restaurant in Derry.
14th August 1993: An IRA bomb exploded in along the route of the Apprentice boys march in Derry.
16th August 1993: The IRA carried out a bomb attack in downtown Strabane, County Tyrone.
18th August 1993: The IRA detonated a car-bomb in Dublin Road, in the centre of Belfast city. The blast caused over 750,000 pounds worth of damage.
20th August 1993: An IRA mortar attack on Newry’s courthouse wounded ten people, among them a 10-year boy and two RUC members. The courthouse was already closed since 1985 after a previous IRA attack.
22nd August 1993: The IRA detonated a bomb on Gloucester Street, in central Belfast causing considerable damage.
23rd August 1993: The IRA detonated a car-bomb outside a bank on the Ormeau Road causing extensive damage.
27th August 1993: The IRA mortared Lisnaskea RUC barracks in Fermanagh. Over 60 nearby homes were damaged in the attack. The IRA also carried out a bomb attack against a British patrol in the Markets area of Belfast.
28th August 1993: British police defused an IRA bomb in London. The device was left within London’s brand new high-tech security barrier dubbed the “Ring of Steel”.
29th August 1993: Shots were exchanged between the Provisional and the Official IRA in the Markets area of Belfast.
31st August 1993: The IRA detonated a car-bomb at a shopping centre in south Belfast causing over 1 million pounds worth of damage. In a separate attack in Ardoyne, two British soldiers were wounded when the IRA detonated a car-bomb near their patrol.
1st September 1993: Two IRA bombs were defused by the British Army in Cullyhanna, County Armagh.
1st September 1993: An IRA bomb hits a supermarket at Derriaghy, north of Belfast, and injured two RUC officers.
3rd September 1993: A massive IRA car-bomb devastated the centre of Armagh town.
10th September 1993: Belfast’s transport links were disrupted by a number of IRA hoax alerts.
13th September 1993: The IRA bombed Stormont hotel, injuring an RUC officer and two civilians.
14th September 1993: The IRA detonated a bomb at a hotel in Strabane, causing serious damage.
15th September 1993: The IRA shot dead a Catholic man in Lisburn. They claimed he had been supplying the RUC with information on republicans.
16th September 1993: Three IRA incendiary devices were made safe in two separate cinemas in London.
21st September 1993: A British soldier was wounded when an IRA unit threw a blast-bomb at his patrol in the Ardoyne area of Belfast.
23rd September 1993: There was a fierce exchange of gunfire between a number IRA armed trucks and British Army helicopters in south County Armagh, east of Crossmaglen. The IRA units used a large number of assault rifles and at least one heavy-machine gun. All IRA volunteers managed to slip away in their vehicles, but number of weapons were confiscated in the aftermath. ( See Battle of Newry Road )
27th September 1993: A 300 lb (140 kg) IRA car-bomb caused extensive damage to the centre of Belfast. Another larger IRA car-bomb wrecked commercial premises in south Belfast.
30th September 1993: A hotel in Markethill was badly damaged in an IRA bomb attack.
1st October 1993: Six IRA firebombs detonated in commercial premises in Belfast, Lisburn and Newtownabbey.
2nd October 1993: Three IRA bombs exploded in Hampstead, north London injuring six people.
3rd October 1993: The IRA bombed a hotel in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.
4th October 1993: Five IRA bombs detonated in north London, injuring four people and destroying a number of businesses.
8th October 1993: Two IRA bombs exploded in north London.
9th October 1993: The IRA mortared a British Army base in Kilkeel, County Down. The attack came from a 12-tube Mk-15 multiple mortar.
1th October 1993: The IRA firebombed three commercial premises in Belfast and one in Lisburn.
15th October 1993: Two bombs inflicted damage on a courthouse at Cookstown, County Tyrone.
18th October 1993: The IRA bombed a restaurant in Castlederg, County Tyrone.
21st October 1993: The manager of a security firm with contracts to the British Army was shot dead by the IRA at his home in Glengormley, County Antrim.
23rd October 1993: Shankill Road bombing: eight civilians, one UDA member and one IRA volunteer (Thomas Begley) were killed when an IRA bomb prematurely exploded at a fish shop on Shankill Road, Belfast. The IRA’s intended target was a meeting of loyalist paramilitary leaders, which was scheduled to take place in a room above the shop. However, unbeknownst to the IRA, the meeting had been re-scheduled.
24th October 1993: An IRA bomb exploded on a railway line in Berkshire, England. Other devices were defused at Reading and Basingstoke stations.
25th October 1993: The IRA detonated a bomb on a bridge above a railway line in Buckinghamshire, England.
27th October 1993: An IRA unit carried out a gun attack on a British checkpoint in Derriaghy, near Belfast.
29th October 1993: A small IRA bomb exploded in Edwards Square, London.
2nd November 1993: An RUC officer was shot dead by an IRA sniper in Newry, Down. He was on checkpoint duty when a single shot fired by an IRA sniper hit him in the neck.
7th November 1993: A British soldier was shot and wounded by an IRA sniper in the New Lodge area of Belfast.
7th November 1993: An IRA unit attacked with machine-gun fire and mortars an RUC base in Caledon, County Tyrone. A nearby church and several houses were also damaged.
12th November 1993: An IRA unit attacked a British Army watchtower, the Borucki sangar, with an improvised flamethrower towed by a tractor in Crossmaglen, County Armagh. The device consisted of a manure spreader which doused the facility with fuel, ignited few seconds later by a small explosion. A nine meters-high fireball engulfed the tower. Four British soldiers inside were rescued by a Saxon armored vehicle.
21st November 1993: An IRA unit attacked with gunfire the house of a former UDR soldier in Cookstown, County Tyrone, but nobody was injured.
29th November 1993: The IRA carried out a gun and bomb attack on the home of an RUC officer in Armagh town.
30th November 1993: A massive IRA bomb was defused two-miles (3 km) outside Armagh town.
2nd December 1993: A British soldier was shot dead by the IRA’s South Armagh Sniper while on foot-patrol in Keady, County Armagh. He was hit in the stomach by single bullet fired from a nearby hill.
3rd December 1993: A massive IRA bomb was defused in the Poleglass area of Belfast.
7th December 1993: An IRA unit mortared Newtownbutler RUC barracks in Fermanagh.
12th December 1993: Two RUC officers were shot dead by the IRA while travelling in their patrol car in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone. The patrol car was on Main Street when it was hit by at least 20 shots from both sides of the street. In a follow up operation a British Army helicopter was fired on by the IRA.
14th December 1993: An IRA bomb exploded on a railway track in Woking, Surrey, England, disrupting commuter services.
14th December 1993: Two soldiers were wounded by a bomb blast in Derry.
16th December 1993: Two further IRA bombs on the Surrey railway were defused.
19th December 1993: An IRA landmine attack on a British patrol in Derry left six civilians -three adults and two children- who were near the device requiring hospital treatment.
20th December 1993: A British soldier and a civilian were wounded in an IRA bomb attack in the Suffolk area of Belfast. A number of IRA fire-bombs exploded in stores and a post-office in London causing minor damage. Seven incendiary devices were made safe.
23rd December 1993: The IRA announced a three-day Christmas ceasefire.
27th December 1993: The IRA ceasefire ended with a mortar attack on Fintona RUC base, County Tyrone; a car-bomb attack on Springfield Road RUC base in Belfast; and a gun and bomb attack on a British Army base in Portadown, County Armagh.
28th December 1993: A British soldier was injured when the IRA fired a horizontal mortar at a foot-patrol in Belfast.
29th December 1993: An IRA unit fired a missile at a British patrol on Upper Library Street in Belfast. The IRA claimed that this was a new armour-piercing mortar projectile. A coffee-jar bomb was also thrown at a British patrol in Belfast.
30th December 1993: A British soldier was shot dead by the IRA’s South Armagh Sniper while on foot-patrol in Crossmaglen, County Armagh.
1st January 1994: Eleven premises in and around Belfast were firebombed by the IRA including the Linen Hall Library.
6th January 1994: An IRA unit fired a grenade at a British patrol on the Springfield Road Belfast.
11th January 1994: Two British soldiers were injured by an IRA booby-trap outside their base in Crossmaglen, County Armagh, right after a mortar attack on the barracks there.
11th January 1994: Three RUC officers were injured when their patrol vehicle was hit by an IRA rocket in the Short Strand area of Belfast.
12th January 1994: A female British soldier was shot and wounded by an IRA sniper in the New Lodge area of Belfast. Troops returned fire. An RUC officer and a number of civilians suffered minor injuries when a bomb aimed at a British Army patrol demolished a nearby building used by the attacker 50 minutes later. A loaded rifle was recovered and two men arrested in the aftermath.
15th January 1994: Two stores in Belfast and one in Newtownards were damaged by IRA fire-bombs.
16th January 1994: Seven men were arrested after an IRA Barrack buster was discovered near Clogher, County Tyrone.
19th January 1994: Three stores in Coleraine and Limavady were damaged by IRA firebombs. Devices were also found in four other premises.
22nd January 1994: A British Army Land Rover was hit by an IRA rocket while on patrol in Poleglass west Belfast.
23rd January 1994: Two civilian were injured by a bomb intended for security forces at the town of Dungannon, County Tyrone.
24th January 1994: An RUC officer escaped injury after an IRA unit opened fire at him in County Fermanagh.
27th January 1994: IRA bombs exploded in three stores in Oxford Street, London.
28th January 1994: An IRA fire-bomb exploded in Oxford Street, London, and another was discovered.
30th January 1994: An IRA rocket was fired at a British Army post in the New Lodge area of Belfast.
3rd February 1994: An IRA unit planted a bomb outside the home of an RUC assistant Chief Constable in Derry.
6th February 1994: Three British soldiers were injured when an IRA horizontal mortar hit their patrol vehicle in Poleglass, west Belfast.
16th February 1994: Four British soldiers were wounded by an IRA roadside bomb, one of them seriously, while on patrol at Short Strand, east Belfast. An RUC officer was also injured.
17th February 1994: An RUC officer was killed and two others seriously injured when the IRA fired a homemade rocket at an RUC patrol vehicle on Friendly Street in the Markets area of Belfast.
18th February 1994: An IRA incendiary device was defused in a record shop at Charing Cross in London.
19th February 1994: A number of incendiary devices were left in shops in London, including Burton stores in Regent Street and New Oxford Street. One device destroyed a newsagents shop, three caused minor damage, and several others were made safe.
20th February 1994: An IRA unit fired a rocket at a British patrol car in Poleglass.
21st February 1994: An IRA mortar attack destroyed an RUC base and caused widespread damage in Beragh, County Tyrone.
22nd February 1994: An incendiary device was made safe in a hardware store in London.
2nd March 1994: The IRA carried out a horizontal mortar attack on a British patrol in west Belfast.
8th March 1994: Four Mark-6 mortar shells were fired from a car towards Heathrow Airport near London. The shells landed on or near the northern runway, but failed to explode.
10th March 1994: The IRA launched a second attack on Heathrow Airport, firing four mortar shells over the perimeter fence which landed near Terminal Four but failed to explode.
10th March 1994: An RUC officer was shot dead by the IRA in Dunmore Greyhound Stadium in Belfast. The Police Officer was in the lounge when he was shot in the head by an IRA volunteer and shot again as he lay on the ground. A second IRA volunteer fired into the ceiling to cover their escape.
13th March 1994: The IRA defied tightened security to launch a third attack on Heathrow Airport, firing five mortar shells over the perimeter fence which landed near Terminal Four but failed to explode. Later that night both Heathrow and Gatwick airports were closed for two hours after coded telephoned bomb threats were received.
13th March 1994: An IRA arms cache was discovered at a college in Belfast. A grenade, a rifle, a pistol, a homemade bomb, a number of detonators, 2 lb of explosive and over 1,500 rounds of ammunition were captured.
20th March 1994: A shell from a Mark-10 mortar hit a British Army Lynx helicopter attempting to land at a base in Crossmaglen. An RUC officer had to be pulled out of the blazing helicopter before it exploded inside the base.
31st March 1994: Portadown RUC base came under attack from an IRA unit using rockets and automatic weapons.
1st April 1994: An RUC officer was killed when the IRA fired a horizontal mortar at a British Army patrol in the Waterside area of Derry City. Several other RUC officers were injured.
5th April 1994: The IRA began a three-day ceasefire in an attempt to show it was serious about bringing about an end to the conflict.
8th April 1994: The three-day IRA ceasefire ended at midnight.
9th April 1994: An IRA unit attacked two checkpoints near Newtownbutler, Fermanagh with automatic weapons. One of the attacks on an outpost manned by the British Army lasted five minutes. A British patrol in Stewardstown, Belfast, came under IRA rocket attack. A border checkpoint was mortared by an IRA unit at Aughnacloy, County Tyrone.
15th April 1994: An RUC patrol came under IRA rocket attack in Armagh town.
20th April 1994: An IRA unit launched a horizontal mortar bomb at an RUC patrol on Spencer Road, Derry. An RUC officer was killed.
24th April 1994: The IRA shot dead two men as they sat in a car in Garvagh, County Londonderry. One was a former British soldier and the IRA claimed that the other was a UDA member.
25th April 1994: A British soldier was hurt when a mortar hit Crossmaglen British Army base, County Armagh.
25th April 1994:Sixteen alleged drug-dealers were shot in the knees by the IRA across Belfast City.
26th April 1994: An alleged drug dealer, Francis Rice, was shot dead by the IRA in the Suffolk area of Belfast. He was shot 5 times in the head and his body was dumped on a grass verge by the roadside. Earlier in the day a three man IRA unit burst into his home and he escaped by jumping out a first story window.
28th April 1994: A former UDR soldier was shot dead by the IRA at his home on Salters Grange Road near Armagh town. He was also a member of the Orange Order.
1st May 1994: Two more alleged drug dealers were shot in the knees by the IRA.
6th May 1994: An IRA unit fired a rocket at a British Army patrol in the Lenadoon area of Belfast. A woman who was standing nearby was wounded by shrapnel.
11th May 1994: An IRA unit launched an attack against a British observation post in west Belfast.
12th May 1994: The homes of two RUC officers were bombed by the IRA. An IRA unit also launched a mortar at an RUC base in Newry and a rocket was fired at a British patrol in Poleglass, Belfast.
13th May 1994: A civilian employed by the RUC was killed by the IRA after a booby trap bomb exploded beneath his car as he traveled through Lurgan.
14th May 1994: A British soldier was killed when the IRA detonated a bomb next to a British Army permanent vehicle checkpoint in Keady. Another soldier was injured.
21st May 1994: A British soldier from Cookstown, County Tyrone, was kidnapped by the IRA and later found shot dead in a field near Mullaghcreevie housing estate in Armagh town.
21st May 1994: IRA volunteer Martin Doherty was shot dead by the UVF in Dublin while attempting to stop the bombing of a pub. His actions are believed to have save the lives of many people.
23rd May 1994: The IRA shot dead a man in central Belfast. The man had been training with the British Army but had been discharged on medical grounds.
23rd May 1994: The IRA bombed Fort George British Army base in Derry, injuring one soldier.
27th May 1994: An IRA unit raked a British Army checkpoint with gunfire from a van at Aughnacloy, County Tyrone, then crossed the border into the Republic.
30th May 1994: An IRA unit mortared a British Army base in Tempo, County Fermanagh.
4th June 1994: A leading loyalist paramilitary was injured in an IRA bomb attack in Portadown.
10th June 1994: Three British soldiers were wounded when an IRA unit mortared a military checkpoint in Crossmaglen, County Armagh.
13th June 1994: An IRA bomb exploded at a railroad station in Hertfordshire, England.
17th June 1994: The IRA launched a horizontal mortar at an RUC patrol in west Belfast, but missed their target.
21st June 1994: An IRA unit fired a rocket at an RUC patrol in west Belfast.
23rd June 1994: Two civilians were injured when an IRA bomb exploded in a farmhouse at Cabra, near Dungannon, County Tyrone.
26th June 1994: The IRA mortared Pomeroy RUC base, County Tyrone.
26th June 1994: An IRA unit fired an horizontal mortar at a British Army Land Rover in West Belfast.
2nd July 1994: Three IRA Mk-15 mortar rounds hit the Royal Irish Regiment barracks at Malone Road, Belfast. A number of people attending a wedding in a nearby church were treated from shock.
4th July 1994: Seven people were injured when an IRA mortar overshot its target (a British Army patrol) and landed in the carpark of a church in south Belfast.
8th July 1994: Two British soldiers were injured when their patrol vehicle was hit by an IRA rocket in the Suffolk area of Belfast.
10th July 1994: The IRA launched a gun attack on the home of DUP politician Willie McCrea, in Magherafelt, County Londonderry.
11th July 1994: A member of the Ulster Democratic Party, Ray Smallwoods, was shot dead by the IRA in Lisburn. A five member IRA unit consisting of four men and one woman took over a nearby house the night before and as he left his home the next morning one IRA volunteer ran down the streets and blasted him several times with a shotgun. Smallwoods was a leading member of the UDA and was responsible for shooting and injuring Bernadette McAliskey.
12th July 1994: A two-ton IRA lorry bomb was discovered in Heysham in England.
12th July 1994: A RAF Puma helicopter was hit by an IRA mortar over Newtownhamilton and forced to crash land on a soccer field.
15th July 1994: Two constables, an arrested Sinn Féin councillor and an elderly woman motorist were wounded in an IRA gun attack on an RUC vehicle in Killeshil, near Dungannon, County Tyrone.
17th July 1994: A civilian from Belfast was shot dead by the IRA and her body dumped on the Fermanagh border. The IRA claimed she was an informer.
20th July 1994: An RUC officer was injured in Cookstown, County Tyrone, when an IRA bomb struck an RUC vehicle.
21st July 1994: An IRA suitcase-bomb was discovered at Reading Railway Station.
24th July 1994: There was an IRA landmine attack on an RUC patrol in Castlewellan, Down.
25th July 1994: A British soldier was shot and wounded by the IRA in Crossmaglen, County Armagh.
29th July 1994: More than 40 people were injured when the IRA fired three mortar bombs into Newry RUC base.
31st July 1994: Two UDA members, including high-ranking member Joe Bratty, were shot dead by the IRA on the Ormeau Road in Belfast. The pair were ambushed by two IRA gunmen armed with AK-47 assault rifles. Up to 50 shots were fired and Bratty was hit at least 18 times. As the UDA men lay wounded on the ground one of the IRA volunteers leaned over them shooting at close range. As the IRA unit made their escape in a getaway car they were pursued by the RUC, shots were exchanged before the IRA car was brought to a halt but the gunmen escaped on foot.
3rd August 1994: Three British soldiers were injured when the IRA mortared Newtownhamilton British Army base.
6th August 1994: An RUC officer and a civilian were hurt by an IRA grenade attack at a court-house in Belfast.
8th August 1994: An off-duty British soldier was shot dead by the IRA in Crossgar, County Down. The soldier was shot twice in the side of the head by a lone IRA gunman. He was the last British soldier to be killed before the IRA’s 1994 ceasefire.
13th August 1994: An explosive device left in a bicycle detonated in a shopping centre in Bognor Regis, West Sussex damaging 15 shops but causing no injuries. A similar device found on Brighton Pier was made safe using a controlled explosion.
17th August 1994: The IRA bombed two loyalist pubs in Belfast: the Grove Tavern and the Berlin Arms. There were no injuries.
18th August 1994: An IRA firebomb exploded in a bar on the Ormeau Road, Belfast.
18th August 1994: Notorious Dublin criminal and alleged heroin trafficker Martin Cahill (AKA The General) was shot dead by the IRA outside his home in Rathmines. Cahill was shot four times at close range with a .357 Magnum through the window of his car. The IRA had claimed he was closely associated with the UVF and had aided them in the attack on the Widow Scallans pub in Dublin which killed IRA volunteer Martin Doherty.
21st August 1994: The IRA mortared a British Army base in Rosslea, County Fermanagh.
21st August 1994: An IRA bomb destroyed the empty car of a British soldier in Maghera, County Londonderry.
22nd August 1994: A high explosive device was defused outside a Laura Ashley shop in Regent Street, London.
26th August 1994: An IRA mortar bomb missed the RUC base at Donemana, County Tyrone.
27th August 1994: An IRA mortar bomb fired from a farm trailer exploded 200 yards short of Cloghoge checkpoint, County Armagh.
28th August 1994: An IRA mortar bomb exploded prematurely in its launch tube at a car-park in Downpatrick, County Down.
29th August 1994: The IRA fired a rocket at the RUC base in Toome, County Antrim.
30th August 1994: The IRA carried out a bomb attack on an RUC base at Springfield Road, Belfast.
30th August 1994: The IRA launched a mortar bomb at Fort Whiterock British Army base at Springfield Road, Belfast.
31st August 1994: The IRA declared the first of two ceasefires in the 1990s.
6th September 1994: Six IRA volunteers attempted to escape from Whitemoor Jail in Cambridgeshire, England.
22nd September 1994: A Derry man sustained a broken leg in an IRA punishment beating.
10th November 1994: A Post Office worker was shot dead when IRA members raided a Royal Mail sorting office in Newry. The IRA admitted they had carried out the attack but claimed it was not sanctioned by the Army Council and that the ceasefire still stood.
29th April 1995: A drug dealer suspected of importing ecstasy tablets into Northern Ireland was shot a number of times and killed by two gunmen while drinking in a bar in central Belfast. The IRA did not claim responsibility but security forces stated that they were responsible. This killing was the first planned assassination by the IRA since the 1994 ceasefire.
5th September 1995: A suspected drug dealer was shot dead by the IRA as he sat in his car in the Andersonstown area of west Belfast. He had been named as a drug dealer on posters which had been put up around west Belfast.
( 2nd October 1995: WO2 Keith Theobold, Death by violent or unnatural causes. )
8th December 1995: An alleged drug-dealer was killed by an IRA unit. He shot seven times in the back and head in south Belfast. The victim had previously served time in prison for handling stolen goods.
18th December 1995: An ex-IRA volunteer was shot in the knees and then the chest by IRA volunteers in north Belfast. It was stated during the inquest that he was killed as a result of a personal vendetta by individuals from within the Republican Movement.
2nd February 1996: The house of a part-time member of the RUC was riddled with gunfire in Moy, County Tyrone. A ‘senior security source’ claimed that the IRA was responsible, although the IRA later denied responsibility.
10th February 1996: The IRA ended its 1994 ceasefire with a massive lorry-bombing in East London adjacent to the South Quay DLR station in London Docklands. Despite warnings to evacuate the area two civilians were killed in the bombing. The initial estimate of the damage caused was £85m.
15tgh February 1996: A bomb placed in a phone booth on the Charing Cross Road in London is made safe using a controlled explosion.
18th February 1996: An improvised high explosive device detonated prematurely on a bus in Aldwych, in central London, killing Edward O’Brien, the IRA operative transporting the device and injuring 8 others.
9th March 1996: The IRA claimed responsibility for a small bomb which exploded on the Old Brompton Road in London, England.
31st March 1996: The IRA handed over £20,000 pounds of captured cannabis to a Priest in Newry who then handed it over to the RUC. The IRA said they had captured it from a drug-dealer.
7th April 1996: The IRA detonated a bomb in Earls Court, west London.
24th April 1996: Two small IRA bombs exploded underneath Hammersmith Bridge, London.
7th June 1996: Detective Garda Jerry McCabe was shot dead by the IRA during a botched post-office robbery in Adare, County Limerick.
15th June 1996: The IRA detonated a 3,000 lb (1,400 kg) bomb in Manchester, injuring over 200 people and causing damage valued at £411m. This was the largest IRA bomb ever detonated in Great Britain, and the largest bomb to explode in Great Britain since the Second World War.
28th June 1996: An IRA unit mortared a British Army base at Osnabrück in Germany. The attack caused widespread damage when a shell landed near the base’s fuel depot.
23rd September 1996: IRA volunteer Diarmuid O’Neill was shot dead by British police during a raid on his home in Hammersmith, London. O’Neill was unarmed and had his hands in the air when he was shot six-times by British police.
7th October 1996: The IRA detonated two car bombs at the British Army’s Northern Ireland HQ, Thiepval Barracks, killing a British soldier and injuring 21 soldiers and 11 civilian workers.( See Thiepval barracks bombing )
20th December 1996: An RUC officer was shot and injured in an IRA gun attack in a Belfast children’s hospital. The officer was protecting DUP Councillor Nigel Dodds.
1st January 1997: Two bombs containing approximately 500 lb (230 kg) of explosive were defused at Belfast Castle. It is believed that the IRA were responsible.
5th January 1997: A 250 lb (110 kg) bomb was defused near Cullyhanna, County Armagh. The IRA is believed to have been responsible.
6th January 1997: An RUC officer was injured when an IRA rocket hit a security hut at the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast.
11th January 1997: Tempo RUC base in County Fermanagh was mortared by the IRA. Two mortar shells landed inside the base, one crashing through the building’s roof, but both failed to detonate.
11th January 1997: A British Army post in Belfast was attacked by gunfire. The IRA is suspected.
13th January 1997: An IRA unit fired a horizontal mortar at a joint British Army/RUC patrol on Kennedy Way in Belfast. There were no injuries.
18th January 1997: An IRA unit fired two horizontal mortars at an armoured RUC patrol in Downpatrick, County Down. There were no injuries.
20th January 1997: An IRA unit hurled two explosive devices at a British armoured vehicle as it left Mount pottinger RUC barracks, County Antrim. There were no injuries.
27th January 1997: An IRA unit fired a rocket at an RUC Landrover in Toome, County Antrim.
28th January 1997: It is believed the IRA was responsible for firing two rockets at an RUC patrol on the Springfield Road, Belfast.
5th February 1997: An IRA unit fired a horizontal mortar at a British patrol on Newell Road in Dungannon, County Tyrone. There were no injuries.
7th February 1997: There was a gun attack on an unmarked van carrying British soldiers to Belfast airport. In Lurgan, a grenade was thrown at an RUC landrover and an IRA unit was spotted priming a mortar.
10th February 1997: A massive landmine was discovered on the A5 motorway between Strabane and Omagh. The IRA said it was intended for a British patrol but the presence of civilians in the area forced them to disarm the device.
10th February 1997: A horizontal mortar fired by an IRA unit hit an RUC armoured vehicle leaving a security base. The ambush took place outside the village of Pomeroy, County Tyrone. One RUC officer was injured.
12th February 1997: A British soldier was shot dead by the IRA South Armagh sniper near the British Army base in Bessbrook, County Armagh, Lance Bombardier Stephen Restorick was the last British soldier to be killed in Northern Ireland during Operation Banner.
13th February 1997: An RUC patrol vehicle was hit by an IRA rocket in the Kilwikie estate in Lurgan, County Armagh. There were no injuries.
22nd February 1997: An IRA mortar unit was intercepted by the RUC in Caledon, County Tyrone, on its way to carry out an attack on a British security facility. A five-mile (8 km) chase followed before the IRA volunteers managed to escape on foot.
26th February 1997: A 16 year-old was beaten in an alleged IRA punishment attack in Armagh town.
2nd March 1997: A primed IRA mortar was discovered near Warrenpoint, County Down.
6th March 1997: The IRA detonated a large bomb on Glenalina Road in Belfast as a joint British Army/RUC patrol passed.
13th March 1997: A British soldier was injured by an IRA grenade in Ardoyne, Belfast. Several people was arrested in the aftermath.
13th March 1997: A British soldier and an RUC officer were injured in an IRA bomb attack in the Short Strand area of Belfast.
18th March 1997: The IRA launched a twin-tube mortar attack on an RUC mobile patrol at Downpatrick, County Down.
26th March 1997: The IRA carried out a double bomb attack on a mainline railway and signal box in Wilmslow, England. There was also a hoax bomb alert on the main Doncaster line. The attacks caused major and widespread railway and traffic disruption.
26th March 1997: A 1 kg home-made bomb was thrown by IRA volunteers to the Army/RUC base at Coalisland, County Tyrone. The device blew a hole in the perimeter fence. Undercover British soldiers shot and seriously injured 19 year-old Gareth Doris seconds later. The soldiers left the scene under the protection of the RUC after being cornered by a crowd and after firing shots in the air. Two women were wounded by plastic bullets fired by RUC officers. (See 1997 Coalisland attack)
29th March 1997: An RUC officer was badly wounded when he was shot by the South Armagh Sniper outside Forkill joint security base, County Armagh.
3rd April 1997: The discovery of two bombs on main motorways in England following coded warnings by the IRA resulted in widespread disruption.
6th April 1997: The British Grand National horse race at Aintree Racecourse was abandoned after the IRA warned that bombs had been planted in the area. No explosive devices were found.
9th April 1997: The IRA attacked two British border checkpoints near Rosslea, County Fermanagh. Both checkpoints were raked with automatic gunfire.
10th April 1996: Sixteen undercover SAS members restrained four IRA volunteers, part of one of the two sniper teams which operated in South Armagh and handed them over to the RUC, after tracking the IRA men to a farm complex. The owner of the farm was also arrested.
10th April 1997: A female RUC officer was shot and badly wounded by an IRA sniper in Derry City.
14th April 1997: A civilian went into hiding after he was badly beaten in an IRA punishment attack in Derry.
18th April 1997: A series of bombs and bomb alerts brought Britain’s transport system to a halt and effectively cut all the main routes connecting England to Scotland. Bomb alerts closed large sections of the M6 motorway. A bomb exploded closing Leeds railway station while another bomb explosion at a rail bridge in Doncaster halted both rail and motorway traffic.
21st April 1997: IRA bomb hoaxes almost entirely closed down Londons transport links. King’s Cross, St. Pancras, Charing Cross, Paddington, Baker Street and all three railway stations at Watford junction were evacuated due to bomb alerts. Soon after alerts closed Gatwick, Stansted and parts of Heathrow airports. By 9:00 am, at the height of the rush hour, London was ‘gridlocked’ with a ten-mile (16 km) jam on the M25.
25th April 1997: Two bombs planted by the IRA blew up next to M6 motorway in central England. A 132,000 volt electricity pylon was damaged.
29th April 1997: Britain’s transport industry claimed minimum losses of £30 million after a series of IRA bomb alerts in southern England brought traffic to a standstill.
31st May 1997: A massive IRA landmine was discovered in Poleglass. The IRA said the device was intended for a British patrol but that the attack had to be abandoned due to the proximity of civilians to the ambush site. The firing mechanism was disabled and a warning phoned in.
5th June 1997: The IRA carried out a gun attack on a British Army unit in Derry.
16th June 1997: Two RUC officers were shot dead in an IRA ambush while on foot patrol in Lurgan, County Armagh. Both officers were shot at point blank range in the back of the head.
26th June 1997: An IRA unit fired a rocket propelled grenade at a British armoured patrol in north Belfast. The rocket bounced off the vehicle and exploded in an empty building.
5th July 1997: An IRA volunteer shot at an RUC armoured vehicle besides the local RUC base in Coalisland, County Tyrone, seriously wounding an RUC female officer.
6th July 1997: The IRA carried out a number of blast-bomb and gun attacks on the RUC across Belfast City in the course of fierce riots which erupted in nationalist areas after the Orange Order was allowed to march on Drumcree. See 1997 nationalist riots in Northern Ireland.
6th July 1997: An IRA unit forced to withdraw a number of riot squads who were trying to move into the Markets area of Belfast.
6th July 1997: A military base in West Belfast came under gun and grenade attack from an IRA unit. A Protestant teenager was shot in the shoulder. Another Army base at the end of Lenadoon Avenue suffered a similar attack.
7th July 1997: Two IRA volunteers exchanged fire with an RUC patrol at a checkpoint in English Street, Armagh town. The checkpoint was attacked with petrol bombs in the aftermath.
7th July 1997: A train near Lurgan, County Armagh, was boarded by seven IRA masked men and set on fire, destroying five carriages.
8th July 1997: There was a gun battle between loyalist and IRA volunteers in Ardoyne, Belfast. The IRA claim that two loyalist were wounded.
8th July 1997: IRA gunmen beat off an attempt by British soldiers and RUC officers to regain control of the streets around a Catholic housing in North Belfast where rioters had erected barricades.
8th July 1997: A landmine was planted by the IRA near Dungannon, County Tyrone, where there was a bomb alert.
9th July 1997: Another train was burned by the IRA in Newry station, County Down.
9th July 1997: IRA gunmen hijacked and burned a number of vehicles at Dungannon, County Tyrone.
11th July 1997: Three British soldiers and two RUC officers were injured when the IRA launched a gun and bomb attack on their checkpoint in North Belfast. The IRA unit fired 56 shots from two AK-47 assault rifles and also threw a coffee-jar bomb.
12th July 1997: A Mark-15 mortar bomb was fired at Newtownhamilton British Army barracks, southern County Armagh. The shell exploded just outside the perimeter fence.
13th July 1997: The IRA claimed responsibility for shooting two men in the knees in Newry. They claimed the men were criminals who had been responsible for assaulting two members of Sinn Féin as well as stealing from local businesses.
19th July 1997: The IRA declared a second ceasefire. They state that: “We have ordered the unequivocal restoration of the ceasefire of August 1994. All IRA units have been instructed accordingly”.
12th September 1997: Four unarmed IRA volunteers stopped a member of the Continuity IRA in Ardoyne and confiscated his gun from him.
In October 1997: The Continuity IRA accused the IRA of destroying one of their bombs south of the border before it could be transported north.
In October 1997: An IRA volunteer assaulted and injured a Continuity IRA volunteer as he attempted to place a bomb in a bank in Derry City.
10th December 1997: Liam Averill, an IRA volunteer, escaped from the Maze Prison by dressing up as a woman and boarding a coach which was transporting prisoners families.
9th February 1998: Convicted drug-dealer Brendan Campbell was shot dead by the IRA on Lisburn Road, Belfast.
10th February 1998: The IRA was believed to be responsible for killing UDA member Bobby Dougan in retaliation for the killings of Catholics. Sinn Féin was temporarily excluded from peace talks as a result.
19th July 1998: Andrew Kearney, a civilian from the New Lodge in Belfast was shot in the legs outside his girlfriends house and died of his injuries. His family have claimed he was killed by the IRA after he assaulted a leading IRA volunteer from north Belfast.
8th October 1998: The USA removed the Provisional IRA from its list of foreign terrorist organizations.
21st November 1998: An alleged drug dealer was shot dead by the IRA in Dublin.
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