1979 in Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland
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January to March[edit]

  • 5 January - Two members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), are killed in Ardoyne, Belfast, when the car bomb they are transporting explodes prematurely.[1]
  • 4 February - A former prison officer and his wife are shot dead at their home in Oldpark Road, Belfast, by the IRA.[1]
  • 17 February - Twelve people are killed in the La Mon restaurant bombing near Belfast.
  • 20 February - Eleven Loyalists, known as the Shankill Butchers, are sentenced to life imprisonment for 112 offences, including nineteen sectarian murders.[1][2]
  • 24 February - Two Catholic teenagers, mistaken in the dark for a British Army foot patrol, are killed by the IRA in a remote controlled bomb explosion at Darkley, County Armagh.[1]
  • 16 March - The Bennett Report, investigating allegations of ill-treatment of people held in interrogation centres in Northern Ireland, is published and Government undertakes to implement major recommendations.[1]
  • 22 March - The IRA kills Richard Sykes, British Ambassador to the Netherlands, and his Dutch valet, in a gun attack in The Hague, Netherlands.[3]
  • 22 March - The IRA carries out a series of attacks across Northern Ireland with 24 bomb explosions.[1]
  • 30 March - Airey Neave, Conservative Party Spokesman on Northern Ireland, is killed by an Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) booby trap bomb attached to his car at the House of Commons, London.[3]

April to June[edit]

July to September[edit]



Winners: Linfield
Winners: Cliftonville 3 - 2 Portadown



January to June[edit]

July to December[edit]


Full date unknown[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "A Chronology of the Conflict - 1979". Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN). Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Larkspirit Irish History
  3. ^ a b "Sutton Index of Deaths - 1979". Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN). Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2010.