Armagh in History

Northern Ireland: Belfast - Derry

Historical Events

  • 1889-06-12 88 people are killed in the Armagh rail disaster, Ireland.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968-11-30 A Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Armagh is stopped by Royal Ulster Constabulary because of the presence of a Loyalist counter demonstration led by Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
  • 1969-03-25 Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting, loyalists in Northern Ireland are jailed for organising an illegal counter demonstration in Armagh on 30 November 1968
  • 1969-04-20 Bombs planted by Loyalists members of the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Ulster Protestant Volunteers explode at Silent Valley reservoir in County Down and at an electricity pylon at Kilmore, County Armagh
  • 1970-08-11 Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by the Irish Republican Army when they set off a booby trap bomb planted in a car near Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  • 1971-11-22 A member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) is killed in a premature bomb explosion in Lurgan, County Armagh
  • 1971-11-24 A British Army bomb-disposal specialist is killed by a bomb in Lurgan, County Armagh
  • 1971-11-27 Two Customs officials are shot by an Irish Republican Army sniper firing upon a British Army patrol investigating a bomb attack on a Customs Post near Newry, County Armagh
  • 1972-01-27 The British Army and the Irish Republican Army engage in gun battles near County Armagh; British troops fire over 1,000 rounds of ammunition
  • 1972-02-10 Two British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Cullyhanna, County Armagh; an IRA member is shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with RUC officers
  • 1972-11-20 2 British soldiers are killed in a booby trap bomb in Cullyhanna, County Armagh
  • 1975-07-17 Four British soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army remote-controlled bomb near Forkill, County Armagh; attack the first major breach of a February truce
  • 1975-09-01 5 Protestant civilians are killed and 7 were wounded in a Provisional Irish Republican Army gun attack on Tullyvallen Orange Hall near Newtownhamilton, County Armagh
  • 1975-11-22 Drummuckavall Ambush: 3 British Army soldiers are killed and one captured when the Provisional Irish Republican Army attack a watchtower in South Armagh, North Ireland
  • 1976-01-04 The Ulster Volunteer Force shoot dead 6 Catholic civilians in 2 coordinated attacks in County Armagh, North Ireland
  • 1976-01-05 In retaliation for the Reavey and O'Dowd killings, the South Armagh Republican Action Force shoot dead 10 Protestant civilians after stopping their minibus in County Armagh
  • 1976-05-15 The Ulster Volunteer Force launch gun and bomb attacks on 2 pubs in County Armagh, killing 4 Catholic civilians and wounding many more; a British Army soldier is later convicted for taking part in the attacks
  • 1978-06-17 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill an RUC officer and kidnap another near Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  • 1979-04-17 Four Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army van bomb in Bessbrook, County Armagh; the bomb is believed to be the largest PIRA bomb used up to that point
  • 1979-12-16 4 British Army soldiers are killed by a PIRA landmine near Dungannon, County Tyrone. Another British Army soldier was killed by a PIRA landmine near Forkill, County Armagh
  • 1981-05-19 5 British Army soldiers are killed when their armoured vehicle is ripped apart by a Provisional Irish Republican Army roadside bomb near Bessbrook, County Armagh
  • 1981-07-17 Glasdrumman ambush: the Provisional Irish Republican Army attack a British Army post in South Armagh, killing 1 soldier and injuring another
  • 1982-04-20 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode bombs in Belfast, Derry, Armagh, Ballymena, Bessbrook and Magherafelt; 2 civilians are killed and 12 injured

Famous Birthdays

  • 1581-01-04 James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh (claimed world began 4004 BC).
  • 1629-11-01 St. Oliver Plunkett, Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and last Catholic martyr to die in England, born in Loughcrew, County Meath, Ireland (d. 1681)
  • 1672-01-04 Hugh Boulter, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (d. 1742)
  • 1864-04-28 William Frederick Archdall Ellison, Irish clergyman and director (Armagh Observatory)
  • 1867-04-10 George William Russell, Irish nationalist, poet and artist, born in Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland (d. 1935)
  • 1886-06-15 Charles Wood, Irish composer of church music, born in Armagh, United Kingdom (d. 1926)
  • 1922-03-31 Patrick Magee [McGee], Northern Irish actor and director (A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon), born in Armagh, Northern Ireland (d.1982)
  • 1924-09-07 Bridie Gallagher, Irish singer (A Mother's Love's A Blessing, The Boys from County Armagh), born in Donegal, Ireland (d. 2012)

Person of interestIan Paisley

1926-04-06 Ian Paisley, First Minister of Northern Ireland (Democratic Unionist Party: 2007-08), loyalist politician and Protestant religious leader, born in Armagh, Northern Ireland (d. 2014)

First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley
First Minister of Northern Ireland
Ian Paisley
  • 1956-05-24 Michael Jackson, Northern Irish clergyman (Archbishop of Dublin), born in Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
  • 1961-12-26 John Lynch, Irish actor, born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland

Famous Deaths

  • 1656-03-21 Armagh James Ussher, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (claimed world began 4004 BC), dies at 76
  • 1681-07-01 Oliver Plunkett, Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and last Catholic martyr (later beatified) to die in England, hanged, drawn and quartered for treason at Tyburn at 55
  • 1742-09-27 Hugh Boulter, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (b. 1672)