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CHILDREN KILLED AS A RESULT OF THE TROUBLES IN NORTHERN IRELAND

The following information is a commemoration to the children killed during the "Troubles"

in Northern Ireland.  Let us not forget them - let us learn from the past - to help the

children and young adults of today!

This page is under construction.  Should there be any mistakes on the below, please

contact Terry Ryan at:  terry@thetrakker.com

Sources: Sutton Index

1970

Date Name Age of Child Community Killed by Details Location City
26 Jun Bernadette McCool  9 Catholic Irish Republican Army Died in premature explosion of incendiary device at her home Dunree
Gardens, Creggan
Derry
26 Jun Carol Ann McCool 4 Catholic Irish Republican Army Died in premature explosion of incendiary device at her home Dunree
Gardens, Creggan
Derry

1971

Date Name Age of Child Community Killed by Details Location City
10 March John McCaig 17 British Army Irish Republican Army Off duty. Found shot Squire's Hill, Ligoniel Belfast
09 Aug Leo McGuigan 16 Catholic British Army Shot while walking along Estoril Park Ardoyne Belfast
09 Aug Francis McGuinness 17 Catholic British Army Shot during street disturbances Finaghy Road North Belfast
09 Aug Desmond Healey 14 Catholic British Army Shot during street disturbances Lenadoon Avenue Belfast
03 Sept Angela Gallagher 1 Catholic Irish Republican Army Shot while in pram, during sniper attack on nearby British Army BA patrol Iveagh Crescent, Falls Belfast
06 Sept Annette McGavigan 14 Catholic British Army Shot during street disturbances, while standing at the corner Blucher
Street and Westland Street
Derry
23 Sept Gerard O'Hare 17 Catholic
(OIRA)
Official Irish
Republican Army
Killed in premature bomb explosion at house Merrion Street, Lower Falls Belfast
02 Dec Vivian Gibney 17 Protestant Irish Republican Army Died four days after being shot during IRA sniper
attack on RUC foot patrol
Cliftonville Circus Belfast
04 Dec Marie McGurk 14 Catholic Ulster Volunteer Force Killed in bomb attack on McGurk's bar North Queen Street, New Lodge Belfast
04 Dec James Cromie 13 Catholic Ulster Volunteer Force  Killed in bomb attack on McGurk's bar North Queen Street, New Lodge Belfast
11 Dec Tracey Munn 2 Protestant Irish Republican Army Killed in bomb attack on Balmoral Furnishing Company Shankill Road Belfast
11 Dec Colin Nicholl 0 Protestant Irish Republican Army Killed in bomb attack on Balmoral Furnishing Company Shankill Road Belfast
14 Dec Martin McShane 16 Catholic British Army Shot outside youth centre Macrory Park, Coalisland County Tyrone
18 Dec James McCallum 16 Catholic Ulster Volunteer Force  Barman, killed in bomb attack on Murtagh's Bar Springfield Road Belfast

1972

Date Name Age of Child Community Killed by Details Location City
16 Jan Eamon McCormick 17 Catholic
(IRA Youth Section)
British Army Died over two months after being shot during gun battle, near St Peter's
School
Ballymurphy Belfast
30 Jan

"Bloody Sunday"
John Duddy 17 Catholic British Army Shot during anti-internment march in the vicinity of Rossville Street Bogside Derry
30 Jan

"Bloody Sunday"
Kevin McElhinney 17 Catholic British Army Shot during anti-internment march in the vicinity of Rossville Street Bogside Derry
30 Jan

"Bloody Sunday"
Hugh Gilmore 17 Catholic British Army Shot during anti-internment march in the vicinity of Rossville Street Bogside Derry
30 Jan

"Bloody Sunday"
John Young 17 Catholic British Army Shot during anti-internment march in the vicinity of Rossville Street Bogside Derry
30 Jan

"Bloody Sunday"
Michael Kelly 17 Catholic British Army Shot during anti-internment march in the vicinity of Rossville Street Bogside Derry
   30 Jan

"Bloody Sunday"
Gerry Donaghy 17 Catholic
(IRA Youth Section)
British Army Shot during anti-internment march in the vicinity of Rossville Street Bogside Derry
01 Mar John Mahon 16 Catholic RUC Shot while travelling in stolen car in Belfast city centre. Car abandoned
outside Royal Victoria Hospital
Falls Road Belfast
01 Mar Michael Connors 14 Catholic RUC Shot while travelling in stolen car in Belfast city centre. Car abandoned
outside Royal Victoria Hospital
Falls Road Belfast
09 Mar Anthony Lewis 16 Catholic
(IRA)
Irish Republican Army Died in premature bomb explosion in house Clonard Street, Lower Falls Belfast
23 Mar Sean O'Riordan 13 Catholic
(IRA Youth Section)
British Army Shot during petrol bomb attack on British Army BA foot patrol Cawnpore
Street, Falls
Belfast
25 Mar Patrick Campbell 16 Catholic
(IRA)
Irish Republican Army Shot, in error, by other Irish Republican Army member, while setting
up ambush of British Army BA patrol
Junction of Springhill Avenue and
Springfield Road
Belfast
07 Apr Charles McCrystal 17 Catholic
(IRA)
Irish Republican Army Died in premature bomb explosion in garage Bawnmore Park, Greencastle Belfast
07 April Samuel Hughes 17 Catholic
(IRA)
Irish Republican Army Died in premature bomb explosion in garage Bawnmore Park, Greencastle Belfast
07 April John McErlean 17 Catholic
(IRA)
Irish Republican Army Died in premature bomb explosion in garage Bawnmore Park, Greencastle Belfast
15 Apr Sean McConville 17 Catholic Ulster Volunteer Force Shot from passing car while walking along Crumlin Road Crumlin Road Belfast
22 Apr Francis Rowntree 11 Catholic British Army Shot by rubber bullet Divis Flats Belfast
29 Apr Rosaleen Gavin 8 Catholic Irish Republican Army Shot during sniper attack on British Army BA base Oldpark Road Belfast
14 May Martha Campbell 13 Catholic non-specific Loyalist group Shot while walking along Springhill Avenue Ballymurphy Belfast
14 May John Pedlow 17 Protestant Irish Republican Army Died one day after being shot during gun battle between Irish Republican
Army IRA and Loyalists
Springmartin Road Belfast
19 May Harold Morris 15 Protestant Irish Republican Army Shot by sniper while walking along Boundary Street Shankill Belfast
19 May Manus Deery 15 Catholic British Army Shot by sniper from BA observation post on city walls, while
in entry off Westland St.
Westland St. Derry
23 May John Moran 17 Catholic non-specific Loyalist group Died ten days after being injured by car bomb left outside Kelly's Bar Whiterock Road
Ballymurphy
Belfast
28 May Joseph Fitzsimmons 17 Catholic
(IRA)
Irish Republican Army Died in premature bomb explosion in house Anderson Street,
Short Strand
Belfast
28 May John McIlhone 17 Catholic
(IRA)
Irish Republican Army Died in premature bomb explosion in house Anderson Street,
Short Strand
Belfast
28 May Geraldine McMahon 17 Catholic Irish Republican Army Died in premature bomb explosion in house Anderson Street,
Short Strand
Belfast
10 Jun Marian Brown 17 Catholic non-specific Loyalist group Shot from passing car while standing with friends, Roden Street,  off
Grosvenor Road 
Belfast
11 Jun Joseph Campbell 16 Catholic
(IRA Youth Section)
British Army Shot during gun battle Eskdale Gardens, Ardoyne Belfast
23 Jun Patrick McCullough 17 Catholic non-specific Loyalist group Shot from passing car while standing at the corner of Antrim Road and
Atlantic Avenue
New Lodge Belfast
09 Jul Margaret Gargan 13 Catholic British Army Shot by sniper from British Army BA observation post in Corry's Timber
Yard, while walking along Westrock Drive
Ballymurphy Belfast
09 Jul John Dougal 16 Catholic
(IRA Youth Section)
British Army Shot by sniper from British Army BA observation post in Corry's Timber
Yard, while walking along Westrock Drive
Ballymurphy  Belfast
09 Jul David McCafferty  15 Catholic
(IRA Youth Section)
British Army Shot by sniper from British Army BA observation post in Corry's Timber
Yard, while walking along Westrock Drive
Ballymurphy  Belfast
11 Jul Gerard Gibson 17 Catholic
(IRA Youth Section)
British Army Shot while in house, Carrigart Avenue Suffolk Belfast
12 Jul David McClenaghan 15 Catholic non-specific Loyalist group Shot at his home Southport Street, Lower Oldpark Belfast
15 Jul John Mooney 17 Catholic British Army Shot while walking along Ligoniel Road Ligoniel Belfast
19 Jul Alan Jack 0 Protestant Irish Republican Army Killed in car bomb explosion.
Inadequate warning given.
Canal Street, off Abercorn Square, Strabane County Tyrone
21 Jul  William Crothers 15 Protestant Irish Republican Army Killed in car bomb explosion at Oxford Street Bus Station. 
Inadequate warning given.
Belfast
21 Jul Stephen Parker 14 Protestant Irish Republican Army Killed in car bomb explosion outside row of shops. 
Inadequate warning given.
Cavehill Road Belfast
31 Jul Daniel Hegarty 16 Catholic British Army
Operation Motorman
Shot while walking along Creggan Heights Creggan Derry
31 Jul Kathryn Eakin 9 Protestant Irish Republican Army Killed when three car bombs exploded almost simultaneously, Main Street.
Inadequate warning given
Claudy County Derry
31 Jul William Temple 16 Protestant Irish Republican Army Killed when three car bombs exploded almost simultaneously, Main Street.
Inadequate warning given
Claudy County Derry
07 Aug Terence Hennebrey 17 Catholic non-specific Loyalist group Found shot in entry off Glenmachan Street Village Belfast
27 Sep James Boyle  17 Catholic non-specific Loyalist group Found shot by Flush River, Elswick Street, off Springfield Road Springfield Road Belfast
07 Oct Alexander Moorehead 16 Protestant Ulster Defence Regiment Shot while walking along Mourne Park Newtownstewart County Tyrone
10 Oct Joseph McKinney 17 Catholic
(IRA)
Irish Republican Army Died in premature bomb explosion in house Balkan Street, Lower Falls Belfast
15 Oct James Doherty 6 Catholic not known Died one week after being shot while in the garden at his home Norglen
Crescent, Turf Lodge
Belfast
16 Oct William Warnock Protestant
(UDA)
British Army Knocked down by British Army BA Armoured Personnel Carrier, while at
barricade during street disturbances
Newtownards Road  Belfast
29 Oct    
Civilian Civ, 
Michael Turner 16 Catholic Ulster Volunteer Force  Shot from passing car while walking along Cliftonville Road  Cliftonville Road  Belfast
31 Oct Paula Stronge 6 Catholic Ulster Defence Association Killed in car bomb attack outside Benny's Bar. She was playing in the street when the bomb exploded. Garmoyle Street and
Ship Street
Belfast
31 Oct Claire Hughes 4 Catholic Ulster Defence Association Killed in car bomb attack outside Benny's Bar. She was playing in the street when the bomb exploded. Garmoyle Street and
Ship Street
Belfast
27 Nov Rory Gormley   14 Catholic Ulster Volunteer Force  Shot while travelling in car, junction of Downing Street and Ariel Street Shankill Belfast
04 Dec Bernard Fox 16 Catholic
(IRA Youth Section)
British Army Shot while in house, Ardoyne Brompton Park Belfast
15 Dec James Reynolds 16 Catholic non-specific Loyalist group Shot from passing motor cycle while standing on street corner Dandy Street,
Greencastle
Belfast
28 Dec Geraldine O'Reilly 15 Not from NI non-specific Loyalist group Killed in car bomb explosion outside post office Belturbet County Cavan
28 Dec Patrick Stanley 17 Not from NI non-specific Loyalist group Killed in car bomb explosion outside post office Belturbet County Cavan
 

 


  • Manus Deery  Age 15

    On 19 May 1972, Manus Deery, was sharing a bag of chips with his friends when he was shot and killed by soldier 'A' from C Company, 1st Battalion, the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Manus had just received his first pay packet that evening.

    Manus and his friends were standing behind the Bogside Inn when the soldiers opened fire from the Derry walls. The soldiers claimed there was a gunman in the area at the time. Manus was struck by a bullet on the side of the head.

    There was no evidence of an RUC investigation. The soldiers' version of events went unchallenged because their statements were taken by the Royal Military Police. No soldiers were ever prosecuted with his killing.


  • Stephen McConomy, Age 11

    On 16 April 1982, Stephen McConomy, left home after his dinner. His mother never saw her son alive again.

    Stephen was among a group of youngsters aged between 9 and 12 hanging around a British army Saracen on Fahan Street. Some of the children were messing around throwing stones and trying to decorate the vehicle with a tricolour. While Stephen walked away with his hands in his pockets, the hatch of the vehicle opened and a single plastic bullet was aimed and fired at Stephen. It hit him in the back of the head; he died three days later in hospital.

    By-standers, who attempted to help Stephen, were threatened at gunpoint by the soldiers. Lance Corporal Nigel Robert Englefield of the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment fired the shot that killed Stephen. Also present in the Saracen were Private Kenneth Edward Fountain, Private Mark Gardner and Private Colin Prentice.

    No soldiers were ever prosecuted with his killing. 


  • Daniel Hegarty, Age 15

    Daniel Hegarty was shot and killed on the morning of Operation Motorman, 31 Jul 1972. Daniel and his cousins, Christopher and Thomas went out for a walk because they wanted to see the 'Centurion tanks. As they walked along Creggan Heights, soldiers opened fire on the boys at close range with a General Purpose Machine Gun. Christopher was wounded and Daniel died from two gunshot wounds to the head. He was shot by soldier 'B' of A Company, 1st Battalion, the Royal Scots.

    The soldiers claimed that three boys were armed. However, the soldiers made no attempt to arrest the three and left the scene immediately.

    There was no RUC investigation and the RUC map of the scene of the killing was deliberately falsified. The soldiers' version of events went unchallenged because their statements were taken by the Royal Military Police. No soldier was ever prosecuted with his killing.


  • Annette McGavigan, Age 14

    On 6 September 1971 my sister, Annette McGavigan, was shot and killed by British army troops. The identity of the regiment and the soldier who shot Annette has never been confirmed. All that is known is that soldier 'B' and soldier 'C' opened fire during the incident.

    There was rioting going on in and around the Little Diamond, at the edge of the Bogside. British soldiers were positioned in the grounds of the old post office. During the rioting, two nail bombs were thrown at the soldiers. They replied by opening fire into a crowd of young people, mainly girls. Annette was in the crowd; she was hit by a bullet in the back of the head and died instantly.

    The soldiers claimed that there was a gun battle, eyewitnesses refuted this. There is no evidence of a proper investigation by the RUC into her death. The soldiers' version of events went unchallenged because their statements were taken by the Royal Military Police. No soldiers have ever been prosecuted with her killing. Annette was 14 years old.


  • Derry - Bloody Sunday 31 Jan  1972 

    On 30th Jan  1972, in Derry, members of the British Army's Parachute Regiment opened fire on marchers demonstrating for civil rights. 14 innocent civilians were killed and a further 13 were injured by gunfire. No one was charged with the killings. The British judiciary colluded with the army and local police to prevent the truth of the event from emerging for more than 30 years. After years of campaigning, the families of the dead forced the British Government into establishing a second public inquiry into the killings. That inquiry is still ongoing since 1998.

 

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