List of Provisional IRA dead

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The following is a list of a few of the 300 or so Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers dead or killed either as a consequence of the Troubles or of other violence.

Volunteer Date of death Age Cause of death Responsible Reference
Michael Gaughan June 3, 1974 24 Either pneumonia or a punctured lung from a force-feeding tube Potentially the British government [1][2][3]
James McDade November 14, 1974 28 Premature detonation of a bomb he planted at the Coventry telephone exchange [4][5]
John Francis Green January 10, 1975 29 Shot 6 times in head from close range during an IRA ceasefire UVF [6][7][8]
Kevin Coen January 20, 1975 ≈27 Shot reportedly during an attempted bus hijacking British Army [9]
Peter Cleary April 16, 1976 25 Shot 3 times in the chest while in the custody of SAS soldiers SAS [10]
Francis Hughes May 12, 1981 25 Died in the 1981 Irish hunger strike after 59 days [11]
Raymond McCreesh May 21, 1981 24 Died in the 1981 Irish hunger strike after 61 days [12][13]
Joe McDonnell July 8, 1981 30 Died in the 1981 Irish hunger strike after 61 days [14]
Martin Hurson July 13, 1981 24 Died of dehydration in the 1981 Irish hunger strike after 46 days [15]
Kieran Doherty August 2, 1981 25 Died in the 1981 Irish hunger strike after 73 days [16]
Antoine Mac Giolla Bhrighde December 2, 1984 27 Shot by the British military; conflicting reports on what branch British military [17][18]
Kieran Fleming December 2, 1984 25 Drowned in the swollen River Brannagh trying to escape the SAS [19]
Danny Doherty December 6, 1984 Shot 24 times in an ambush SAS and 14 Intelligence Company [20][21]
William Fleming December 6, 1984 ≈19 Shot 60 times in an ambush SAS and 14 Intelligence Company [22]
Charles Breslin February 23, 1985 20 Shot 13 times while returning arms to a dump SAS [23][24][25]
Larry Marley April 2, 1987 41 Shot through his front door with a shotgun UVF [26]
Patrick Joseph Kelly May 8, 1987 30 Shot in the head during the Loughgall Ambush SAS [27]
Jim Lynagh May 8, 1987 31 Shot during the Loughgall Ambush SAS
Pádraig McKearney May 8, 1987 32 Shot during the Loughgall Ambush SAS
Mairéad Farrell March 6, 1988 31 Shot eight times after moving towards her handbag, causing internal hemorrhaging SAS [28]
Daniel McCann March 6, 1988 30 Shot five times after making an "aggressive move" towards a bag SAS [28]
Gerard Casey April 4, 1989 ≈29 Shot at a close range with a pistol and shotgun as he slept UFF
Dessie Grew October 9, 1990 ≈37 Shot 48 times during ambush by undercover British Army soldiers British Army
Martin McCaughey October 9, 1990 23 Shot 12 times during ambush by undercover British Army soldiers British Army
Fergal Caraher December 30, 1990 20 Shot at British Army checkpoint Royal Marines
Patricia Black November 15, 1991 18 Died when improvised explosive device she was carrying detonated prematurely
Joseph MacManus February 5, 1992 21 Shot during unit ambush 4 UDR
Pearse Jordan November 25, 1992 20 Shot three times from behind RUC
Malachy Carey December 12, 1992 36 Assassinated in Ballymoney Loyalists [29]
Thomas Begley October 23, 1993 22 Died when a bomb he was planting exploded prematurely
Martin Doherty May 21, 1994 20 Shot three times for blocking two suspicious men from entering a pub UVF
Diarmuid O'Neill September 23, 1996 27 Shot six times by a British police officer SO19
Eamon Collins January 27, 1999 ≈44 Stabbed and beaten, presumably in revenge Presumably former colleagues
Denis Donaldson April 4, 2006 ≈56 Found shot dead in his cottage Real IRA
Eamon Kelly December 4, 2012 65 Shot three times in the chest while walking home Unknown [30][31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Waiting for the Explosion". Time. 17 June 1974. Retrieved 2 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "The Granting of Special Category Status, 1972". Lark Spirit. Archived from the original on 2 April 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2007. 
  3. ^ Kate McCabe. "No less courage". Critical Moment. Retrieved 13 June 2007. 
  4. ^ "1974: Birmingham pub blasts kill 19". BBC News. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  5. ^ McDonald, Henry (8 October 2005). "Ex-soldier fights to clear his name". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Houses of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence, and Women's Rights, Interim Report on the Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan Bombings, December 2003, retrieved on 22 October 2009
  7. ^ Dillon, Martin (1999). The Dirty War: Covert Strategies and Tactics Used in Political Conflicts. Hutchinson. p. 173. ISBN 978-0091743086. 
  8. ^ "The Killing of John Francis Green". An Phoblacht. 17 January 2008. 
  9. ^ Sutton, Malcolm. "Sutton Index of Deaths". Conflict Archive on the Internet. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  10. ^ MacDonald, Peter (1990). The SAS in Action. United Kingdom: Sidgewick and Jackson. p. 62. ISBN 978-0283060939. 
  11. ^ "1981: Second IRA protester dies in jail". BBC News. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Haughey did not want political status for IRA". The Irish Times. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  13. ^ McFadyean, Melanie (3 March 2006). "The legacy of the hunger strikes". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Joe McDonnell". An Phoblacht. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "What happened in the hunger strike?". BBC News. 5 May 2006. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  16. ^ Borders, William (3 August 1981). "8th Hunger Striker, an Irish M.P., Dies after a 73-Day Fast in Ulster". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  17. ^ Tírghrá. National Commemoration Centre. 2002. p. 265. ISBN 0-9542946-0-2. 
  18. ^ Collins, Frank (1998). Baptism of Fire: The Astonishing True Story of a Man of God. Corgi. ISBN 0-552-14582-3. 
  19. ^ Oliver, Ted (19 September 2003). "IRA Maze escapers celebrate with supper and dance". The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  20. ^ Shane Mac Thomáis (4 December 2004). "Four Derry Volunteers killed in action - Remembering the Past". An Phoblacht. Retrieved 21 March 2007. 
  21. ^ "SAS shooting challenge 'too late'". BBC News. 24 November 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2007. 
  22. ^ Murray, Raymond (1993). The SAS in Ireland. The Mercier Press. pp. 321–343. ISBN 0-85342-991-X. 
  23. ^ Williams, Maxine (1989). Murder on the Rock: How the British Government got away with murder. London: Larkin Publications. ISBN 0-905400-10-0. 
  24. ^ "Thousands attend Breslin/Devine 20th Anniversary Commemoration". An Phoblacht. 24 February 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  25. ^ up the pieces "Picking up the pieces". Daily Ireland. 22 February 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  26. ^ Taylor, Peter (1999). Loyalists: War and Peace in Northern Ireland. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. p. 197. ISBN 978-1575000473. 
  27. ^ "IRA deaths: The four shootings". BBC News. 4 May 2001. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  28. ^ a b [1], paragraphs 108-110.
  29. ^ "Malachy Carey honoured in Loughgiel". An Phoblacht. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  30. ^ O'Brien, Jason (4 December 2012). "Profile: Eamon Kelly had links to all the major drug gangs in Dublin". The Independent National News. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  31. ^ Clancy, Paddy (6 December 2012). "Notorious Irish crime boss Eamon Kelly shot dead in broad daylight". Irish Central News. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 

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