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Who Are Some Famous People From Northern Ireland?

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Northern Ireland has had many people who have influenced society in many ways. Notable people who were born in, or lived in Northern Ireland include:

* Gerry Adams - born 1948, Belfast - politician
* Willie Anderson - Ireland Rugby Union International.
* Colin Bateman – Actor, director and writer.
* David Bates – Physicist.
* John Stewart Bell – Physicist.
* Jocelyn Bell Burnell – Astrophysicist.
* George Best – Footballer.
* Colin Blakely – Actor.
* Danny Blanchflower – Footballer.
* Christine Bleakley – Television Presenter.
* Kenneth Branagh – Actor and director.
* Jake Burns – Founder of and singer in the punk band Stiff Little Fingers.
* Amanda Burton – Actress.
* Vivian Campbell – Rock guitarist for Def Leppard.
* Peter Canavan - Gaelic Footballer
* Adam Carroll - A1GP Racing Driver
* Ciarán Carson – Poet.
* Darren Clarke – Golfer.
* Tim Collins - soldier
* Phil Coulter – Songwriter, pianist and music producer, arranger and director
* Nadine Coyle – Singer for Girls Aloud.
* Brian Donlevy – Actor.
* Adrian Dunbar – Actor.
* Joey Dunlop – Motorcycle Racer.
* St. John Greer Ervine – Author.
* Harry Ferguson – Engineer and inventor of the modern agricultural tractor.
* Brian Friel – Playwright.
* James Galway – Flautist.
* Herbert Hamilton Harty – Composer, conductor and accompanist.
* David Healy – Footballer.
* Seamus Heaney – Poet.
* Paul Henry (painter) – Artist.
* Alex Higgins – Snooker Player.
* Ciarán Hinds – Actor.
* David Holmes (musician) – DJ, musician and composer.
* Eamonn Holmes – Television presenter.
* John Hume - Peace Nobel Prize winner.
* Eddie Irvine – Racing driver.
* Pat Jennings – Footballer.
* Jimeoin – Actor and comedian.
* Brian Kennedy – musician.
* Patrick Kielty – TV Presenter and comedian.
* Kyle Lafferty - Footballer.
* Joseph Larmor – Physicist.
* John Lavery – Painter.
* Neil Lennon – Footballer.
* Gary Lightbody – Singer for Snow Patrol.
* Bernard MacLaverty – Writer.
* Derek Mahon – Poet.
* Linda Martin - Singer.
* Paula Malcomson – Actress.
* Brian Mawhinney (Baron Mawhinney PC)- Former British Politician and Chairman of the The Football League in England.
* Paddy Mayne – Soldier and explorer.
* Mary McAleese – President of Ireland.
* Alister McGrath - Christian Theologian.
* Medbh McGuckian – Poet.
* Rory McIlroy - Golfer
* Peter McParland – Footballer.
* Gerard McSorley – Actor
* Brian Moore (novelist) – Novelist.
* Gary Moore – Former blues rock guitarist for Thin Lizzy.
* Van Morrison – Singer.
* Colin Murray – Radio DJ.
* Liam Neeson – Actor.
* Sam Neill – Actor for Jurassic Park[1]
* James Nesbitt – Actor.
* Martin O'Neill – Footballer and football manager for Aston Villa.
* Glenn Patterson – Novelist.
* Frank Pantridge – Inventor of the portable defibrillator.
* Mary Peters – Athlete.
* Stephen Rea – Actor.
* Zoe Salmon – Television presenter.
* Dean Shiels – Footballer.
* Victor Sloan – Photographer and artist.
* Ian Paisley - Politician.
* Dennis Taylor – Snooker player.
* Juliet Turner – Singer and songwriter.
* Norman Whiteside – Footballer.
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C.S.Lewis-Writer
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Professor John Lennox, (Mathematician, Scientist and Christian Philosopher)
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John Mc Elwee of Strabane, famous for his colourful body art.   Popular tourist attraction in and around the Strabane district.
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Northern Ireland is the area of the island of Ireland that is still a part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Many famous and successful people come from Northern Ireland. There are a number of famous footballers such as Norman Whiteside and the now deceased soccer legend George Best (the City Airport of Belfast is now named after him). There are a number of famous bands from Northern Ireland. Snow Patrol met in Dundee but are from Ulster, and the famous Nolan sisters of the eighties.

Actor Liam Neeson is from Northern Ireland, alongside poet and critic Tom Paulin, theatre director Cathie Boyd, Jimmy Nesbit (actor), Stephen Rea (actor/director).

Famous politicians include Gerry Adams and the Reverend Ian Paisley.

Present Eamon Holmes, boxer Barry McGuigan, presenter Gloria Hunnyford (and her late daughter Karen Keating).

Sporting: Martin O'Neill, Eddie Irvine are both from the North.
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Colin Farrel might be from Northern Ireland but I definately know he's from Ireland

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