The Troubles in Coagh
Incidents in Coagh during the Troubles resulting in two or more fatalities:
- 16 October 1972 - Patrick Mullan (34) and Hugh Herron (38), both Catholic members of the Official Irish Republican Army, were shot and killed by the British Army while travelling in a car at a British Army vehicle check point, outside St Patrick's Hall, Ardboe, six miles outside Coagh.
- 7 March 1989 - Leslie Dallas (38), an alleged Ulster Volunteer Force member, Austin Nelson (62) and Ernest Rankin (72), both Protestant civilians, were shot and killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army at Leslie Dallas' garage in Hanover Square, Coagh.
- 29 November 1989 - Liam Ryan (39) a Catholic member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army and Michael Devlin (33), a Catholic civilian were shot dead during an Ulster Volunteer Force gun attack on the Battery Bar, Moortown, six miles from Coagh.
- 3 June 1991 - Peter Ryan (35), Lawrence McNally (39) and Anthony Doris (22), all Catholic members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, were shot and killed during an ambush by undercover British Army members.
- Moloney, Ed (2002). A Secret History of the IRA. Penguin Books. p. 321. ISBN 0-14-101041-X.
Retaliation from the McNally and Davey killings came in the first week of March 1989 when East Tyrone members sought out Leslie Dallas, a UVF member and a leading member of one of the four UVF families in the East Tyrone-South Derry Area.
- Bowyer Bell, J. (1997). The Secret Army: The IRA. Transaction Publishers. p. 610. ISBN 1-56000-901-2.
On March 7, IRA volunteers shot a suspected UVF man in front of his two children and then in the confusion shot two old men as well.
- Toolis, Kevin (2000). Rebel Hearts: Journeys within the IRA's soul. Picador. p. 66. ISBN 0-330-34648-2.
The primary target of the attack was Leslie Dallas, the man the IRA were convinced was the UVF's Officer Commanding in East Tyrone and the main organizer behind the Davey killing. Dallas's family denied the IRA claim but Dallas did have a history of Loyalist paramilitary activity dating back to the 1970s and Ulster was an unforgiving place.