1976 in Northern Ireland
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- 5 January - Kingsmill massacre: ten Protestant men killed in South Armagh, Northern Ireland, by members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), using the cover name "South Armagh Republican Action Force".
- 1 March - Merlyn Rees ends Special Category Status for those sentenced for crimes relating to the civil violence in Northern Ireland.
- 4 March - The Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention is formally dissolved in Northern Ireland resulting in direct rule of Northern Ireland from London via the British parliament.
- 12 March - Lenny Murphy, leader of the Shankill Butchers, is arrested, but his gang continue to murder.
- 15 July - Four prisoners escape when bombs explode in the Special Criminal Court, Dublin.
- 21 July - Christopher Ewart-Biggs, UK ambassador, and a civil servant, Judith Cooke, are killed by a landmine at Sandyford, Co. Dublin.
- 10 August - Three children die when are hit by a car whose driver, an IRA fugitive named Danny Lennon, is fatally shot by British troops. A witness, Betty Williams, is inspired to set up Women for Peace.
- 14 August - 10,000 Protestant and Catholic women demonstrate for peace in Northern Ireland.
- 14 September - Ciaran Nugent is first IRA man to be admitted to the Maze Prison without Special Category Status. He becomes the first blanketman.
- November - The Provisional Irish Republican Army restructures on cellular lines.
- 10 December - Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan win the Nobel Peace Prize.
- Ruth Patterson becomes the first woman to be ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
Arts and literature
- 16 March - Downtown Radio, an adult contemporary music station, begins broadcasting from Newtownards to the Belfast area, the first Independent Local Radio in Northern Ireland.
- Ciaran Carson publishes his first book, the poetry collection The New Estate.
- Winners: Crusaders
- 25 March - Francis Bellew, Gaelic footballer.
- 30 March - Mark McClelland, musician, formerly with Snow Patrol.
- 24 May - Maclean Stewart, actor.
- 3 June - Paul Berry, former Democratic Unionist Party MLA.
- 15 June - Gary Lightbody, musician with Snow Patrol.
- 18 August - Damaen Kelly, boxer.
- 25 October - Steve Jones, footballer.
- 29 October - Stephen Craigan, footballer.
- Ian McCrea, Democratic Unionist Party MLA.
- 4 May - Hugh Delargy, British Labour Party politician and MP (born 1908).
- 29 July - Knox Cunningham, barrister, businessman and Ulster Unionist politician (born 1909).
- 7 October - Michael O'Neill, nationalist politician and MP (born 1909).
- 4 December - W. F. McCoy, Ulster Unionist member of the Parliament of Northern Ireland (born 1886).
- "Betty Williams". Nobel Peace Laureates Conference. November 1998. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
- Larkspirit Irish History[dead link]
- Edwards, Aaron (2011). The Northern Ireland Troubles: Operation Banner 1969-2007. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. p. 48. ISBN 978-1-84908-525-0.
- The Nobel Peace Prize 1976
- "Staff Profiles". Belfast: Restoration Ministries. Retrieved 2012-07-26.