Famous Northern Irish Sportspersons

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George Best
(Footballer)
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Birthdate: May 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: November 25, 2005
Manchester United winger/midfielder George Best was the 1968 European Footballer of the Year and was placed sixth on the FIFA Player of the Century list. A skilled dribbler, the Northern Irish player was also known for his stunning good looks and his affinity for women and alcohol. 
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Rory Mcllroy
(Golfer)
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Birthdate: May 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Holywood, Northern Ireland
Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy competes as part of both the European and PGA Tours. He won four major titles by 25, becoming one of three people to achieve the feat. Rory was named the RTÉ Sports Person of the Year twice and has won the World Cup, too.
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Brendan Rodgers
(Football coach)
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Birthdate: January 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carnlough, Antrim, Northern Ireland
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Kyle Lafferty
(Footballer Forward)
Kyle Lafferty
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Birthdate: September 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
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Eoin Morgan
(Cricketer)
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Birthdate: September 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Alex Higgins
(Snooker Player)
Alex Higgins
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Birthdate: March 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: July 24, 2010

Alex Higgins was a Northern Irish snooker player. Renowned for his fast play, which earned him the nickname Hurricane Higgins, Alex was one of the most iconic snooker players of his generation. Thanks to his popularity, he was also called the People's Champion and is credited with popularizing the game of snooker.

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Carl Frampton
(Former professional boxer from Northern Ireland who competed from 2009 to April 2021)
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Birthdate: February 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Carl Frampton is a British former professional boxer who won the silver medal at the Men's 2007 European Union Amateur Boxing Championships where he represented Ireland. He held the IBF super-bantamweight and WBA (Unified) titles between 2014 and 2016. From 2016 to 2017, he held the WBA (Super) featherweight title.

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Steven Davis
(Association football player)
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Birthdate: January 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ballymena
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Shane Lynch
(Singer)
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Birthdate: July 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Ken Doherty
(Snooker Player)
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Birthdate: September 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland
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Tony McCoy
(Horse racing jockey)
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Birthdate: May 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moneyglass, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
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Pat Jennings
(Footballer - Goalkeeper for Northern Ireland)
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Birthdate: June 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newry, Northern Ireland
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Joey Dunlop
(Motorcycle racer)
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Birthdate: February 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Armoy, Northern Ireland
Died: July 2, 2000
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Jim Beglin
(Football player)
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Birthdate: July 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waterford, Ireland
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Ryan Burnett
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Birthdate: May 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Dave Finlay
(Professional wrestler)
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Birthdate: January 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
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Danny Blanchflower
(Association football player)
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Birthdate: February 10, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: December 9, 1993
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Pat Eddery
(Jockey and race horse trainer)
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Birthdate: March 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newbridge, Ireland
Died: November 10, 2015
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Norman Parke
(Mixed martial artist)
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Birthdate: December 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
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Joe Brolly
(Barrister)
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Birthdate: June 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dungiven, Northern Ireland
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Wayne McCullough
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Birthdate: July 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Caolan Lavery
(Footballer forward position)
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Birthdate: October 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Red Deer, Canada
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Tony Dunne
(Football player)
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Birthdate: July 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: June 8, 2020
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James Tennyson
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Birthdate: August 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lisburn, Northern Ireland
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Kevin Lynch
(Republican, Boxer)
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Birthdate: May 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Park, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Died: August 1, 1981
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Kelly Gallagher (alpine skier)
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Birthdate: May 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Northern Ireland, England
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Ayeisha McFerran
(Field hockey player)
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Birthdate: January 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: County Antrim, Northern Ireland
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Ryan-Zico Black
(Footballer midfielder)
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Birthdate: August 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guernsey
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Chris Tardif
(Football Goalkeeper)
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Birthdate: September 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Guernsey
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Robyn Stewart
(Track cyclist)
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Birthdate: April 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland