2013 in Northern Ireland

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Events during the year 2013 in Northern Ireland.




  • 16 February – An Irish Premiership match between Crusaders and Cliftonville was called off on security advice following a Union flag demonstration outside the ground.[1]
  • 23 February – Ryan Dolan from Strabane, County Tyrone, was announced as Ireland's entry for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.[2]



  • 17 April – The Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, as patron of the charity Children in Crossfire, began a two-day visit to Derry where he was guest of honour at a Culture of Compassion event. He last visited the city in July 2007.[4][5][6]





  • 25 October – Two letter bombs, one addressed to the chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Matt Baggott, and another to a senior police officer, were defused by bomb disposal experts at postal sorting offices in Mallusk and Lisburn in County Antrim.[11]
  • 28 October – A letter bomb delivered to the offices of the Public Prosecution Service at Foyle Chambers on Limavady Road in Derry was made safe and taken for forensic examination.[12]
  • 29 October – A letter bomb was sent to Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers. Bomb disposal officers were called to Stormont Castle to deal with it. Villiers was in London at the time.[13]


  • 15 November – Musician Van Morrison was awarded the freedom of Belfast.[14]
  • 20 November – A bus driver in Derry was ordered by suspected IRA militants to deliver a bomb to police headquarters, a frequent IRA target. She agreed, but parked the bus and called police, who removed the bomb.[15]
  • 24 November – A man was stopped in the Ardoyne area of Belfast by three masked men and forced to drive a bomb to Victoria Square shopping centre in the city centre. The detonator ignited while bomb disposal experts prepared to examine the car but it failed to trigger an explosion.[16]
  • 27 November – Liam Adams, the brother of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, was sentenced to sixteen years in prison by Laganside Crown Court in Belfast for sexually abusing his daughter Áine.[17]


  • 3 December – The Smithwick Tribunal inquiry in Dublin into the 1989 Jonesborough ambush found that members of the Garda Síochána colluded with the IRA in the shooting of two RUC officers as they crossed the Irish border.[18]
  • 13 December – An explosion occurred in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast when extremists opposed to the peace in Northern Ireland left a sports bag containing an explosive on the pavement. Christmas revellers evacuated nearby bars and restaurants. Óglaigh na hÉireann claimed responsibility[19][20]
  • 16 December – The army defused a pipe bomb found in the garden of a house in West Belfast. Later, a fire bomb being carried by an extremist ignited in a shop in the Cornmarket shopping district in Belfast, setting the bomber on fire. He fled through the streets in flames, while the device was taken outside by a member of the shop's staff.[19][21] A man was arrested five days later.[22]
  • 18 December – The Police Service of Northern Ireland and Garda Síochána prevented a serious bomb attack, probably on a commercial target in Belfast, by arresting two men and a woman from Dundalk in both Dundalk and County Armagh. Police found equipment and ingredients to create a large fertilizer bomb.[20][23]
  • 31 December – The six-month Haass negotiations concluded without resolving inter-community conflict over flags, parades, and the history of The Troubles.[24][25]

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  1. ^ Irish Premiership: Crusaders-Cliftonville called off www.bbc.co.uk, 16 February 2013
  2. ^ Strabane man Ryan Dolan secures Eurovision place in Sweden www.bbc.co.uk, 23 February 2013
  3. ^ a b All Holidays for 2013 Bank Holiday Dates for Northern Ireland. Retrieved: 2012-11-25.
  4. ^ Dalai Lama: 'No alternative to peace process' for Northern Ireland BBC News, 2013-04-18.
  5. ^ Visit to the Tibet Institute, Rikon and a Journey to Derry Archived 2013-04-19 at the Wayback Machine. The Office of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, 2013-04-18.
  6. ^ Working for Peace, Educating the Heart and Cultivating Compassion in Derry Archived 2013-04-20 at the Wayback Machine. The Office of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, 2013-04-19.
  7. ^ "Reaction to Brian Shivers verdict". BBC. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Shivers not guilty of Massereene barracks murders". RTÉ. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Echlinville Distillery – Irish Whiskey News". Whisky Intelligence. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Northern Ireland to host G8 summit". The Guardian. London. 2012-11-20. 
  11. ^ Viable letter bomb sent to PSNI chief Matt Baggott RTÉ News, 2013-10-25.
  12. ^ Letter bomb discovered at Derry office of Public Prosecution Service The irish Times, 2013-10-28.
  13. ^ Letter bomb targets Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers The Guardian, 2013-10-29.
  14. ^ Van the freeman honoured Irish Independent, 2013-11-16.
  15. ^ Brave bus driver thwarts bomb attempt Irish Independent, 2013-11-22.
  16. ^ Driver forced to bring bomb to Victoria Square shopping centre Belfast newsletter, 2013-11-25
  17. ^ As Liam Adams is convicted, focus turns to what SF leader knew Irish Times, 2013-11-28.
  18. ^ "Smithwick: Collusion in Bob Buchanan and Harry Breen murders". BBC News. BBC. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  19. ^ a b Terror attacks continue in heart of Belfast city Irish Independent, 2013-12-16.
  20. ^ a b Police foil car bomb plot The belfast Telegraph, 2013-12-19.
  21. ^ Belfast fire bomb: Man burst into flames in shop BBC News, 2013-12-17.
  22. ^ Man arrested over Cornmarket, Belfast, fire bomb attack BBC News, 2013-12-21.
  23. ^ Major bomb plot foiled in Northern Ireland The Guardian, 2013-12-19.
  24. ^ Failure to reach Northern Ireland deal ‘disappointing’ Irish Times, 2013-12-31.
  25. ^ David Cameron urges Northern Ireland's politicians to 'keep going' after failed Haass talks Belfast Telegraph, 2013-12-31.
  26. ^ UK City of Culture 2013 and NI2012 Archived 2012-02-06 at the Wayback Machine. Northern Ireland Tourist Board. Retrieved: 2012-11-25.
  27. ^ World Police and Fire Games World Police and Fire Games. Retrieved: 2012-11-25.
  28. ^ McKittrick, David (2013-01-21). "Inez McCormack: Civil rights and human rights activist who fought discrimination in Ulster". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  29. ^ Broadcaster John Cole dies aged 85 BBC News, 2013-11-08.
  30. ^ "BBC News - Former SDLP South Down MP Eddie McGrady dies". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-11-12.