1996 in Northern Ireland
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- 24 January - The international body proposes six principles of democracy and non-violence ('the Mitchell principles') as conditions for entry to all-party talks in Northern Ireland.
- 9 February - A large Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb explodes in the London Docklands area, near Canary Wharf, injuring around forty, and marking the end of a 17-month IRA ceasefire.
- 31 March - Crumlin Road (HM Prison) in Belfast is closed.
- 30 May - Elections to the Northern Ireland Forum.
- 7–11 July - Drumcree conflict: A standoff over the annual Orange Order parade at Drumcree leads to rioting here and elsewhere in Northern Ireland. There are two related deaths and around 150 injuries.
- 1 October - Radio station Belfast CityBeat begins broadcasting.
- 7 October - Thiepval barracks bombing: The IRA explodes two car bombs inside the British Army headquarters at Lisburn, killing one soldier and injuring 37 other people.
Arts and literature
- The Hole in the Wall Gang win a Royal Television Society Award for Best Regional Programme for the comedy Two Ceasefires and a Wedding, the 1995 pilot for Give My Head Peace.
- Seamus Deane publishes his novel Reading in the Dark.
- Seamus Heaney publishes his poetry collection The Spirit Level which wins the poetry section of the 1996 Whitbread Awards.
- Deirdre Madden publishes her novel One by One in the Darkness which is shortlisted for the 1997 Orange Prize for Fiction.
- Robert McLiam Wilson publishes his novel Eureka Street.
- Winners: Portadown
- 20 April - Robert Dunlop, after an accident in 1994, returns to race in the Cookstown 100, taking ninth place in the 125cc race won by brother, Joey Dunlop.
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- 12 February - Bob Shaw, science fiction novelist (born 1931).
- 6 August - Havelock Nelson, composer and pianist (born 1917).
- 1 October - Pat McGeown, volunteer in the Provisional Irish Republican Army, took part in the 1981 Irish hunger strike (born 1956).
- 4 October - Humphrey Atkins, fifth Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
- 17 December - Ruby Murray, singer (born 1935).
Full date unknown
- Edwards, Aaron (2011). The Northern Ireland Troubles. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-84908-525-0.
- "1996: Docklands bomb ends IRA ceasefire". BBC News. 10 February 1996. Archived from the original on 1 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-03.
- "Crumlin Road Gaol - A Must See attraction in Belfast City". goireland.com. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
- Deane, Seamus (1996). Reading in the Dark. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. pp. 3, 240.
- "Eureka Street and me: Robert McLiam Wilson has put a lot of himself into Eureka Street, his novel and now TV drama". Evening Standard (London). 1999-09-08.