Monday 15 April 2019


The Provisional IRA murdered a police reservist near his home in County Antrim.  Reserve Constable John Moore was a part-time member of the RUC reserve and owned a farm near the village of Armoy.  He had left home just before 07:00 to tend to some sheep on a neighbouring farm.  Accompanying him was his loyal dog Jip, and a lamb that had been rejected by its mother.  The IRA had concealed a landmine on the lane leading to his farm and this was triggered when R/Con Moore's car struck fishing wire that had been stretched across the lane.  The vehicle was destroyed, everything in it was killed and debris was scattered in a 100 yard radius.

The 57-year-old lived alone, but led an active social life.  He was a regular churchgoer, a mason and attended two indoor bowling clubs.  He and Jip would also entertain local children with the tricks he had taught the dog.  They lived and died together.

R/Con John Moore