Republican News · Thursday 13 July 2000

[An Phoblacht]

A catalogue of loyalist attacks and mayhem

Several nationalists are this week lucky to be alive after being targeted in the onslaught of violence unleashed by Portadown Orangemen, who have continued to call for ``protest'' in support of their demand to march through the Garvaghy Road.

On at least two occasions, one in North Belfast and the other in South Belfast, nationalists were confronted by armed loyalists. In both incidents, those targeted managed to escape death.

However, the wave of Orange violence that has swept the North has left Catholics homeless and many others terrified in the knowledge that they were only a split second from death.

d while leading members of the UDA have been coordinating these attacks and their flags and banners have been prominent everywhere, the fact remains that the Orange Order is the guilty party. It cannot escape the blame for its actions.

Since June, loyalist paramilitaries, involved in their own internal power sttruggles, have been targeting nationalists. It is against this background that the present Orange pogrom should be seen.


County Antrim

  • .Belfast

  • .Glengormley

  • .Carrickfergus

  • .Newtownabbey

  • .Newtownards

  • .Carryduff

  • .Larne

  • .Ballymoney

  • .Ballymena

  • .Antrim

  • .Glenarm

  • .Ahoghill

  • .Bushmills

  • .Clough

  • .Broughshane

  • .Dunloy

  • .Rasharkin


County Down

  • .Lisburn

  • .Ballynahinch

  • .Bangor

  • .Kilkeel

  • .Castlewellan

  • .Clough


County Tyrone

  • .Dungannon

  • .Castlederg


County Derry

  • .Derry

  • .Limavady

  • .Claudy

  • .Lavey


County Armagh

  • .Armagh

  • .Portadown

  • .Lurgan


27 June. The Circus Tavern pub in North Belfast is fired bombed by the UDA.

30 June. Two members of the GAA are warned by the RUC that they are under threat from the Orange Volunteers. One of the men is from South Derry.

30 June. Hours after the threat against two GAA officials is revealed the St Oliver Plunkett GAA hall in Lavey, South Derry, is torched.

1 July. Staff in a community centre in Lurgan, County Armagh are warned of a threat against them from the Red Hand Defenders.

1 July. A lorry is petrol bombed as it is being driven along the Killylea Road near Armagh City.

2 July. Within hours of Harold Gracey's call for widespread protest, a Catholic couple were forced from their home in the Fortwilliam area of North Belfast by a loyalist gang.

3 July. Nationalist homes are stoned by loyalists in Hamilton Street in the Markets area of Belfast.

4 July. Dougan's Electrics, a Catholic-owned business in Ahoghill, County Antrim, is gutted by fire.

4 July. Later that day a couple in a mixed relationship, George O'Neill and Samantha Brookes, are forced to flee their home in Ligoniel in North Belfast. The couple criticise the RUC over its failure to assist them during the loyalist attack. The loyalists wreck the house after the couple flee.

4 July. A West Belfast black taxi is stoned at Black's Road as it travels to Poleglass. A Swiss tourist and a West Belfast mother and children sitting in the back narrowly avoid injury.

4 July. A notice calling for support for Portadown Orangemen is pinned to a staff notice board in Belfast's City Hospital.

4/5 July. For over a six hour period, residents of the mainly nationalist Hightown Road area in Glengormley, North Belfast are without electricity after loyalists cut off their supply.

5 July. A man is hit on the head by a brick thrown through his car window in Glengormley, North Belfast.

5 July. Larne brothers James and Francie Gribben are targeted by loyalists in the latest attack on their family in Sallagh Park. Their sister's home was attacked the previous week.

5 July. In a planned manoeuvre, 200 loyalists go on the rampage along Madrid Street in the Short Strand, East Belfast. Local people drive them back, but not before a number of houses are wrecked.

5 July. The latest attack on a Catholic family from Armagh City sees a petrol bomb thrown at their home. A number of loyalists are arrested and charged.

5 July. A 70-year-old Catholic priest, Fr. Brendan Mullan, has a narrow escape when his car is hijacked and burned by loyalists near the Donegall Road in Belfast. The hijackers are photographed by a freelance camera man.

5 July. A mini bus belonging to a youth group from Roden Street off the Falls Road is attacked by loyalists in Belfast City centre. Children as young as 11 are on board the vehicle at the time.

6 July. Up to 200 loyalists invade the Falls Road at the Northumberland Street `peace line'. The loyalists throw bricks and other missiles into the Falls area. In hand to hand fighting, one nationalist suffers a broken leg and other injuries when he is assaulted with iron bars. Known UDA leaders orchestrate the invasion.

6 July. A mother and her son have a lucky escape when a petrol bomb comes through the window of their Limavady home in the early hours of the morning. Limited damage is caused to the kitchen as the woman and her teenage son manage to extinguish the flames. Earlier in the week, a young man was the target of a sectarian assault in the County Derry town.

In a separate incident, a man attempting to clear an obstruction from the rood iss set upon by a gang of loyalists and kicked to the ground. The man had been on his way to collect members of his family for the funeral of a close relative. According to Sinn Féin's Malachy O'Kane, the Edenmore Road area of Limavady has been tense since loyalists saturated the road with flags.

6 July. Loyalists confront nationalists in the Whitewell area of North Belfast before attacking cars travelling along the M2 motorway.

6 July. A Catholic family is driven from their home in Kilkeel after a loyalist mob surround the house. Two RUC cars arriving on the scene are themselves targeted by the loyalists.

7 July. St Mary's chapel in Bushmills, County Antrim, is damaged by arsonists who pour petrol into the chapel before setting it on fire. Only scorch damage occurs.

7 July. A 29-year-old Catholic man is shot in the face by a 69-year-old man after he is interrupted removing loyalist flags near Clough, County Antrim. The weapon is a legally held gun. The Catholic man's friends say he took the flag down as a prank.

8 July. Two families living on the Steeples estate in Antrim town are targeted by petrol bombers. One is an elderly couple and the other a mother and her two children. Both families say they are completely shocked by their ordeal.

8 July. Sinister posters calling for a boycott of Catholic businesses are put up in the mainly loyalist Broughshane village in County Antrim.

8 July. St Macnissi's primary school near Newtownabbey on the northern outskirts of Belfast is petrol bombed. Classes and equipment are destroyed.

8 July. The nearby St Mary's on the Hill school is also attacked. Fire damage is caused to books and equipment.

8 July. A portacabin in the Ulidia integrated school in Carrickfergus is destroyed by fire.

8/9 July. Two car loads of loyalists attempt to force their way into a nationalist home on the Cavan Road in Castlederg, County Tyrone, but fail to do so. The next day, loyalist graffiti is discovered daubed on the wall of the local chapel and some homes in the Drumnabay area. Sinn Féin's Barry McElduff warns nationalists to be vigilant.

9 July. Orange protesters at Drumcree come through fields in an attempt to attack St John's chapel at the bottom of the Garvaghy Road.

9 July. A petrol bomb is thrown into the grounds of Lurgan hospital, which is in the loyalist Mourneview area of the town.

9 July. A taxi driver is blocked by a group playing bagpipes and flutes near the Loyalist Fountain area of Derry. One of the group attempts to throw a bottle at the cab but is prevented a another member of the gang.

10 July. The presbytry of St Comgall's in Bangor is stoned. Several windows are broken.

10 July. A woman whose car is attacked twice in quick succession receives hospital treatment after the incidents in Bangor, County Down.

10 July. Up to 300 loyalists try to invade the Short Strand at the Albertbridge Road.

10 July. An SDLP councillor, Oran Keenan, from Antrim town, has his car seized and destroyed after a gang of loyalists stopped him at a road block.

10 July. St Mary's on the Hill chapel in Newtownabbey is attacked by a group of loyalists using petrol and paint bombs.

10 July. A nationalist motorist is ened with arrest by the RUC after he drives through a loyalist roadblock in Dunmurry outside Belfast. The man, Pearse McCann, says that one of the protesters grabbed him by the throat.

10/11 July. The Catholic chapel on the Doagh Road in Ballyclare is twice attacked by fire bombers. Petrol bombs are thrown at the chapel itself while a hall next to the church is damaged.

11 July. A device is thrown at the Village Inn pub in Dunloy. It fails to explode.

11 July. A short while later, British Army bomb experts are called to examine a device at the Rasharkin AOH hall.

11 July. A Catholic-owned pub near Annaghmore in County Armagh is attacked by petrol bombers.

11 July. Loyalists in Portadown intimidate businesses into closing in support of their protests.

11 July. A mother and her daughter are treated for shock after their car was attacked by Orange Order protesters in Portadown. The incident occurred close to the British Army barrier at the town centre end of Garvaghy Road.

11 July. Feystown Chapel, outside Glenarm in North Antrim, is firebombed. A window in the presbytry is broken and an inflammable liquid is poured in. Substantial damage is thought to have been sustained in the blaze.

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