List of massacres in Ireland

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This is a list of incidents that happened in Ireland and are commonly called massacres.

Date Name Location Deaths Injuries Notes
1575 Rathlin Island Massacre Rathlin Island 600+ A massacre of MacDonnell clansmen by English Protestant forces.
1578 Massacre of Mullaghmast Mullaghmast, County Kildare 100+ The Irish chieftains of Laois and their families were summoned to a meeting with Tudor officials and massacred.
10 October 1580 Dún an Óir massacre Ard na Caithne, County Kerry 600+ During the Second Desmond Rebellion, English Naval personnel under the command of Lord Deputy Arthur Grey slaughtered an estimated 600 soldiers from Spain and the Papal States after they had surrendered.
November 1641 Portadown Massacre Portadown 100+ O'Neill clansmen massacred as many as 100 English and Scottish Protestant planters, including women, children, and other noncombatants. The massacre took place on the banks of the River Bann. Survivor depositions are available at: http://1641.tcd.ie/searchresults.php?sort=folio_start,manuscript_number&dir=asc&County=2&StartAge=0&StartDate=&start=20
June 1642 Baldongan Massacre Baldongan Castle, near Skerries, Dublin 200–250 Part of the Irish Confederate Wars. After the castle was taken by Parliamentary forces, the entire garrison of Confederate forces was put to the sword.[1]
15 September 1647 Massacre of Cashel Rock of Cashel almost 1,000 A massacre of English Royalists, plus MacCarthy and O'Brien clansmen, during the Irish Confederate Wars.
11 September 1649 Siege of Drogheda Drogheda, County Louth 3,552 A notorious example of willful misconduct by the New Model Army and its commander Oliver Cromwell during the Eleven Years War; also called "the Drogheda Massacre". Drogheda had been defended by a garrison of English and Irish Royalists, many of whom belonged to the Anglican Communion. When the city fell, Cromwell's Army, which was enraged by events like the Portadown Massacre, made no distinction between captured soldiers and civilian noncombatants and razed even the churches where civilians took shelter. In a subsequent report to Parliament, Cromwell called the massacre "the vengeance of God against these barbarous wretches."
11 October 1649 Sack of Wexford Wexford, County Wexford 3,500 Following a siege by Cromwell's New Model, Parliamentary troops broke into Wexford while the commander of the garrison, David Sinnot, was trying to negotiate a surrender – massacring soldiers and civilians alike. Much of the town was burned and the harbour was destroyed.
25 May 1798 Massacre of Dunlavin Green Dunlavin, County Wicklow 36 3 Massacre of rebel prisoners by loyalist militia. Part of the Irish Rebellion of 1798.
25 May 1798 Carnew massacre Carnew, County Wicklow 38 part of the Irish Rebellion of 1798
19 May 1798 Gibbet Rath massacre Curragh, County Kildare 300–500 part of the Irish Rebellion of 1798
5 June 1798 Scullabogue massacre Scullabogue, County Wexford 100–200 2 part of the Irish Rebellion of 1798
20 June 1798 Wexford massacre Wexford bridge, Wexford 90-100 part of the Irish Rebellion of 1798
26 July 1914 Bachelor's Walk massacre Bacherlor's Walk, Dublin 4 32 35 people were shot and 1 bayoneted by British troops on Bachelor's Walk, Dublin.[2]
28–29 April 1916 North King Street massacre Dublin 15-16 unknown British soldiers of the South Staffordshire Regiment burst into houses on North King Street and killed 15 male civilians, part of the Easter Rising[3]
21 November 1920 Croke Park massacre Dublin 14 60–70 part of the Irish War of Independence
1 April 1922 Arnon Street massacre Belfast, Northern Ireland 6 1 A mass shooting by the Royal Irish Constabulary; part of the Irish War of Independence.
26-28 April Dunmanway Massacre Dunmanway, County Cork 13 1 A mass shooting Protestant civilians by the 'Old' IRA.
7-12 March 1923 Kerry Massacre Ballyseedy, Caherciveen

Killarney

17 2 19 Prisoners of War were tied to landmines and blown up in three separate incidences by the Irish Army.
9–11 August 1971 Ballymurphy Massacre Belfast, Northern Ireland 11 unknown A mass shooting by the Parachute Regiment, British Army.
4 December 1971 McGurk's Bar bombing Belfast, Northern Ireland 15 17 A bombing by Ulster loyalists.
30 January 1972 Bloody Sunday (Bogside Massacre) Derry, Northern Ireland 14 17 A mass shooting by the British army's Parachute Regiment. Part of "the Troubles".
17 May 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings Dublin and Monaghan 34 300 Three bombs exploded in Dublin and a fourth exploded in Monaghan, carried out by the Glenanne gang
31 July 1975 Miami Showband massacre Buskhill, County Down, Northern Ireland 5 2 A botched attack by the UVF. Part of "the Troubles".
4 January Reavey and O'Dowd killings Whitecross, County Armagh 6 1 A massacre of two families by the Ulster Volunteer Force.
5 January 1976 Kingsmill massacre Kingsmill, County Armagh, Northern Ireland 10 1 A sectarian massacre of Protestant workers. A report by the Historical Inquiries Team found that Provisional IRA members were responsible. Part of "the Troubles".
8 November 1987 Remembrance Day bombing (Poppy Day Massacre) Enniskillen, Northern Ireland 12 63 A mass civilian bombing by the IRA. Part of "the Troubles".
16 March 1988 Milltown Massacre Belfast, Northern Ireland 3 60+ A gun and grenade attack by UDA member Michael Stone. Part of "the Troubles".
October 1990 Proxy Bombings Northern Ireland 7 14 A bombing campaign carried out by the Provisional IRA which involved kidnapping innocent civilians and forcing them to drive vehicle bombs into targets in suicide attacks. Part of "the Troubles".
5 February 1992 Sean Graham bookmakers' shooting Belfast

Northern Ireland

5 9 A mass shooting by the UDA.
25 March 1993 Castlerock massacre Castlerock, Northern Ireland 4 1 A mass shooting by the UDA
23 October 1993 Shankill Road bombing Belfast, Northern Ireland 10 57 A mass civilian bombing by the IRA. Part of "the Troubles".
30 October 1993 Greysteel massacre Greysteel, Northern Ireland 8 13 A shooting by the UDA. Part of "the Troubles".
18 June 1994 Loughinisland massacre Loughinisland, Northern Ireland 6 5 A shooting by the UVF. Part of "the Troubles".
15 August 1998 Omagh bombing Omagh, Northern Ireland 29 220–300 A car bomb attack which exclusively targeted civilians, carried out by the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA)

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