• In Memory Of

    Lance Corporal GARY THOMAS KITELEY
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    NIVA Service of Remembrance

    On Sat Sep 8th 2018

  • About NIVA

    Welcome to the website of the Northern Ireland Veterans Association (NIVA).

      NIVA is an internet based association (registered with COBSEO) with forum users and members all over the UK and abroad. Primarily for veterans of the Op Banner campaign from 1969 to 2007, be they ex or serving members of the UK armed forces, PSNI, NI fire/ambulance or prison services, we also particularly welcome relatives of the fallen.

      To register on the site as a forum user only, please **Click Here**. NB - for security reasons all applications are vetted and once admitted, permitted access to the open parts of the website/forum only. This is absolutely free to use.

    To join as a full or associate member of NIVA once registered on the forums, please follow the link in the downloads section of the site to download a membership application form which should be returned to the address shown together with payment and proof of service etc. All monies raised go towards the upkeep of the website and the organisation of NIVA's annual service of remembrance at the NMA in Alrewas. Full/associate members also gain admittance to the private areas of the website/forum where comrades can be assured of their personal security and enjoy all the banter and support you came to expect whilst serving the Crown. Additionally full members are invited to march with NIVA for Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in London.

      If you have any queries please contact us at:

      The Northern Ireland Veterans Association
    PO Box 584
    South Yorkshire
    S63 3FW

  • Police say a bomb that exploded on a country road in south Armagh was designed to kill

    Police say a bomb that exploded on a country road in south Armagh was designed to kill or injure officers.
    A device exploded at about 1730 BST on Saturday between Belleek and Cullyhanna, blowing a crater in the road and damaging a stone bridge.

    No-one was hurt in the incident, which politicians are blaming on dissident republicans.
    Chief Superintendent Alisdair Robinson said police were treating the blast "extremely seriously".
    They have launched a major investigation and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
    'Callous disregard'
    Ch Supt Robinson said the bomb was "a totally reckless act that could have easily led to loss of life if anyone had been driving past at the time".
    "However, I believe at this stage - the real target was my officers. This was an attempt to lure police into the area to injure or kill them," he said.
    "At this stage we do not believe this incident poses any further risk to members of the public, but it does pose a significant risk to my officers. That is why we are treating this incident with extreme caution.

    "The reality is there are people out there who have a callous disregard for the lives of both local members of the community and my officers. They took the decision to plant this device knowing only too well the potential deadly consequences."

    The explosion happened about three miles outside the village of Belleek, under a bridge on Carrickrovaddy Road, and police say surrounding routes will be closed for some time.
    Ulster Unionist assembly member Danny Kennedy said he had "no doubt it was an attempt to raise tensions in the area before the Twelfth of July".

    "I find the rise in the number of dissident attacks extremely worrying," he said.
    "Actions like these have no place in our society and I urge anyone who has information that might help the police to contact the PSNI."

    SDLP assembly member Dominic Bradley added: "Whatever the reason for it and whoever's responsible for it, it's wrong and shouldn't be happening."