• In Memory Of

    Gunner ALAN DAVID AYRTON
  • NIVA Upcoming Events

    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
    Mexborough
    South Yorkshire
    S63 3FW

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    by Published on 27-02-2010 01:01 AM
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    Scotland Yard has said the man who shot dead a police officer in London yesterday had been staying in a flat used as a "bomb factory" by the Provisional IRA. PC Stephen Tibble, aged 22, had been in the force for just six months.

    He was shot three times at point blank range by a gunman on the run from detectives in Baron's Court, West London.

    Within two hours of the killing, a large Victorian house was searched after routine enquiries.
    The basement was found to contain enough bomb-making equipment to make half a dozen high explosive bombs as well as a box of ammunition and an automatic pistol.

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    by Published on 23-02-2010 09:36 AM
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    Police say it is a "miracle" no-one was killed or injured in a car bomb explosion at Newry courthouse.

    Officers were evacuating the area when the bomb went off at about 2200 GMT on Monday. The explosion damaged the gates of the courthouse.
    Dissident republicans opposed to the peace process are being blamed for the attack.

    There is severe traffic disruption in Newry as the area remains cordoned off and a security operation continues.
    Police Chief Inspector Sam Cordnor said: "It is only by sheer miracle that nobody was killed or injured."

    The attack comes days after a mortar bomb was abandoned near a police station in the village of Keady, about 20 miles away.
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    by Published on 22-02-2010 05:56 PM
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    A memorial event is taking place in Aldershot to mark the 38th anniversary of the IRA bombing which killed seven people.

    Five women, a male gardener and an army priest were killed in the car bomb at the 16th Parachute Brigade HQ.

    The IRA said the Hampshire attack was in revenge for the events of Bloody Sunday when 13 civilians were shot dead by members of the Parachute Regiment.

    The bomb site will be open on Monday so that people can pay their respects.
    The massive car bomb exploded at lunchtime on 22 February 1972 in a car park outside the officers' mess killing five female kitchen staff, a gardener and Padre Gerry Weston. Nineteen others were injured.
    The force of the blast was felt a mile away in Aldershot town centre.

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    by Published on 19-02-2010 12:17 AM
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    Police in Northern Ireland have arrested at least 20 people in connection with the La Mon restaurant bomb.

    The blast killed 12 people - including children - and injured 30 others and was the second worst since the present wave of troubles began in 1969.

    Only six of the bodies have been formally identified after the petrol bomb exploded in the La Mon House entertainment complex at 2100GMT, in a usually peaceful area of County Down, 14 miles from Belfast. None of the people detained after police and army raids has been officially named and the round-up operation continues.

    A police statement described the people they picked up as "suspected of being active in IRA ...
    by Published on 16-02-2010 05:38 PM
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    Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a police officer in Craigavon, County Armagh.

    Constable Stephen Carroll was shot dead by dissident republicans when he went to answer a distress call on 9 March last year.
    The men, who are in their 20s and 30s, are being questioned at Antrim police station.
    A teenager and a 38-year-old man have previously been remanded in custody charged with the murder.
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    by Published on 09-02-2010 11:43 AM
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    The Docklands bombing (also known as the Canary Wharf bombing or South Quay bombing) occurred on 9 February 1996. It was conducted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) and brought an end to their seventeen-month ceasefire. The bomb detonated in a financial district, killing two people and causing an estimated 85 million worth of damage.

    At about 19:01 on 9 February, the IRA detonated a half-tonne bomb containing an ammonium nitrate fertilizerand fuel-oil mixture, in a small lorry about 80 yards from South Quay Station on the Docklands Light Railway (in the Canary Wharf area of London), directly under the point whe ...
    by Published on 06-02-2010 05:17 PM
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    The Irish National Liberation Army has decommissioned its weapons, days before the body overseeing Northern Ireland paramilitary weapons ceases to exist.

    The move took place in recent weeks and is expected to be confirmed on Monday by the INLA and General John de Chastelain, head of the IICD.

    The INLA was a small, ruthless group which killed more than 120 people, including Tory MP Airey Neave in 1979.

    In October, it said it would pursue its aims by exclusively peaceful means.
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