Digging around but can't for the life of me find the correct date. I think the name was Scott Street. the whole street demolished, anyone have an idea of that date? I think circa 1984. Researching events.
Circa 1984 a huge blast that pretty much wrecked most of the street. I was in the vicinity as RB in Co. Down 83-85 and in TAOR at that time. Got someone working with mates who claims to have been there at the time and part of the cleanup. AFAIK cleanup was effected by RUC and UDR etc, not by BA Troops. My memory is not what it used to be so can't pinpoint date. Looked around the web but no reference. I saw the actual street quite soon after the deal as we were tabbing in from surrounding countryside.
the first and worst was in 1972 when an IED destroyed most of the facings on the street and required extensive demolition and rebuilding.
The second was in 1979 when there was still significant damage however the council were not so quick to rebuild this time as the massive crater had uncovered a neolithic site. The recovered items are now part of the ecclesiastical heritage of the area.
The third was in 1992 again huge ammount of bomb damage.
All three attacks were most probably against infrastructure in the town, however they were all very close to the local british legion branch and a couple of bars which were frequented by Off Duties.
There is also the coo of conducting an attack right under the nose of the front sanger in Newry Road Police Station in Armagh.
I have another book (which i dont have here) which catalogue's all of the Armagh Battalions activities and incidents. There is a lot of info in that which you wont get elsewhere, ill have a look thrugh and see what i can find. But so far the closest attack to the dates you mentioned was in 1979.
Definitely infrastructure. I know it was close to the access road from the Police station. I'll see if I can dig a street map up of the place but if you could find anything your little books that would be very helpful.
There was a boming in Armagh City at approximately midnight on 31 December 1985. If I remember correctly at least one RUC officer was killed....must have been a pretty big device as we heard it in Middletown.
No police officer was killed in Armagh city on 31 December 1985 although Con James McCandless and R/Con Michael Williams were killed by an IED in a litter bin in Portadown one minute into 1986. Both officers came from Portadown.