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Liam Neeson
(Starred as Oskar Schindler in 'Schindler's List')
Liam Neeson
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Birthdate: June 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ballymena, Northern Ireland

The recipient of multiple awards, actor Liam Neeson has been ranked among  the '100 Sexiest Stars in Film History'. One of the highest-grossing actors of all time, he first rose to prominence in the 1990s with his title role in the epic drama film Schindler's List. Since then, he has appeared in many other critically acclaimed films.

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Rory Mcllroy
(Northern Irish Professional Golfer)
Rory Mcllroy
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Van Morrison
(Singer)
Van Morrison
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Northern Irish singer, Van Morrison, garnered recognition in the 1960s while playing with the band, Them, and then later as a solo singer with the 1967 song Brown Eyed Girl. Over the years, he has released more than 40 albums. Astral Weeks, Moondance, Wavelength, Down the Road and Keep It Simple are some of his acclaimed and commercially successful albums.

 4 
George Best
(Footballer)
George Best
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
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. 
 5 
Jamie Dornan
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Birthdate: May 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland

One of the most popular model-turned-actors from Northern Ireland, Jamie Dornan was named by Vogue in its list of 25 Biggest Male Models of All Time. He earned international recognition after portraying Sheriff Graham Humbert in Once Upon a Time. Known for his looks and acting skills, Dornan is regarded as one of the greatest film actors of Ireland.

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Caitriona Balfe
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Birthdate: October 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
 7 
Andrew Scott
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Birthdate: October 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
 8 
Fiona Shaw
(Actress)
Fiona Shaw
21
Birthdate: July 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cobh, County Cork, Ireland
 9 
Colin Morgan
(Northern Irish Actor Known for the Title Character in the BBC Fantasy Series ‘Merlin’)
Colin Morgan
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Birthdate: January 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Armagh, Northern Ireland
Colin Morgan is best known for his multiple-award-winning performance in Merlin. He made waves with his theater performances and has also narrated several audiobooks and documentaries. He was seen in the series Humans and The Fall, and the movies Benjamin and Island. He hates social media and practices ethical consumerism.
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Stella Maxwell
(Fashion Model and Former Victoria's Secret Angel)
Stella Maxwell
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: May 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Model Stella Maxwell was declared a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2015. Named to Maxim's Hot 100, she has also campaigned for Max Factor cosmetics, H&M, and Puma, and has graced the covers of major fashion magazines. An LGBT icon, she has publicly dated Miley Cyrus and Kristen Stewart.
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Ciarán Hinds
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Birthdate: February 9, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Ciarán Hinds is an Irish actor who is popular for playing villainous roles, Ciarán Hinds has contributed immensely across all three major acting mediums: films, television and theatre. In 2020, Ciarán Hinds was ranked 31st on The Irish Times newspaper's Ireland's greatest film actors list.

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Eve Hewson
(Actress)
Eve Hewson
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Birthdate: July 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ireland
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Glenn Quinn
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Birthdate: May 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: December 3, 2002
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Ronan Keating
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Swords, Dublin, Ireland
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Clive Standen
1
Birthdate: July 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: County Down, Northern Ireland, UK
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Bobby Sands
(Former Member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army Who Died on a Hunger Strike)
Bobby Sands
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newtownabbey, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Died: May 5, 1981

Robert Gerard Sands, better known as Bobby Sands, was a Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) member, who died during a 1981 hunger strike, along with nine other strikers, protesting against the removal of Special Category Status from IRA prisoners. He had helped plot the 1976 Balmoral Furniture Company bombing.

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Ray Stevenson
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Dagonet’ in the Film ‘King Arthur’)
Ray Stevenson
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Birthdate: May 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Ray Stevenson is best known as Dagonet from the film King Arthur and as Titus Pullo from the series Rome. He has also played the Marvel characters Frank Castle/The Punisher in Punisher: War Zone and Volstagg in the Thor franchise. He voiced Gar Saxon in two Star Wars series.
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James Nesbitt
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Birthdate: January 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Coleraine, Northern Ireland, UK
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Paula Malcomson
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Birthdate: June 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belfast

Paula Malcomson is a Northern Irish actress best known for playing Abby Donovan in the American crime drama TV series, Ray Donovan. Despite being a Northern Irish, Malcomson has worked in many American TV series and films. She portrayed the role of Mrs. Everdeen in the Hunger Games film series and has appeared in popular American TV series like ER.

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Conleth Hill
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Birthdate: November 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Irish actor Conleth Hill is best known for playing Varys in the HBO series Game of Thrones. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he made his Broadway debut in the play Stones in His Pockets. An accomplished stage actor, he is the recipient of two Laurence Olivier Awards. He also acts in TV shows and films. 

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Brendan Rodgers
(Football coach)
Brendan Rodgers
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carnlough, Antrim, Northern Ireland
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Sally Rooney
(Novelist)
Sally Rooney
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland
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Stephen Rea
(Irish Actor Known for His Films: ‘V for Vendetta’, ‘Michael Collins’ and ‘Interview with the Vampire’)
Stephen Rea
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Birthdate: October 31, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Stephen Rea is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role of Fergus in The Crying Game. He has also appeared in films such as V for Vendetta and Interview with the Vampire. He won a BAFTA for The Honourable Woman and was nominated for one for The Shadow Line.
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Alison Doody
(Actress)
Alison Doody
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Birthdate: November 11, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Eamonn Holmes
(Northern Irish Broadcaster and Journalist)
Eamonn Holmes
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Birthdate: December 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Best known for his long stints as a presenter of shows such as GMTV, This Morning, and Sky News Sunrise, Irish journalist Eamonn Holmes has also campaigned for animal welfare and Alzheimer’s awareness. He has also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and hosted game shows such as The Rich List.

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Amanda Burton
(Northern Irish Actress Best Known for Her Role as ‘Sam Ryan’ in the TV Series ‘Silent Witness’)
Amanda Burton
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Birthdate: October 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland

North Irish actress Amanda Burton is best known for playing Beth Glover in the TV series Peak Practice. As a teenager, she studied drama at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre. She began her career with roles in stage productions and eventually branched out into TV as well. Besides acting, she is an ambassador for the charity The Children's Trust.

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Dermot Morgan
(Comedian)
Dermot Morgan
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Birthdate: March 31, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: February 28, 1998
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Martin McGuinness
(3rd Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland (2007 - 2017))
Martin McGuinness
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland
Died: March 21, 2017

Once the deputy minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness has also served as his country’s education minister. He had also been part of the Provisional Irish Republican Army during the Northern Ireland conflict. The Sinn Féin politician had a major role to play in the Good Friday Agreement.

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Eoin Morgan
(Cricketer)
Eoin Morgan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Christine Lampard
(Irish Broadcaster Known for Hosting TV Shoe ‘The One Show’ and ‘Daybreak’)
Christine Lampard
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Birthdate: February 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newry, Northern Ireland
Northern Irish broadcaster Christine Lampard (née Bleakley) is best known for her association with BBC and ITV. She has co-hosted shows such as The One Show, with Adrian Chiles, and Dancing on Ice, with Phillip Schofield. She has also hosted Off The Beaten Track and Wild Ireland for ITV
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Kyle Lafferty
(Footballer Forward)
Kyle Lafferty
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
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Orla Brady
(Actress)
Orla Brady
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Birthdate: March 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Carl Frampton
(Former professional boxer from Northern Ireland who competed from 2009 to April 2021)
Carl Frampton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Eoin Macken
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Birthdate: February 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Glen Hansard
(Songwriter)
Glen Hansard
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Frances Tomelty
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Birthdate: October 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Daughter of actor Joseph Tomelty, Irish actor Frances Tomelty amazed audiences playing a blind woman in the series Death in Paradise. She met her former husband, singer Sting of The Police fame, at the rock musical Rock Nativity, and they got married a couple of years later. 
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Alex Higgins
(Northern Irish Professional Snooker Player)
Alex Higgins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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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Johnny McDaid
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Londonderry
Indie rock/pop singer, songwriter, and producer John McDaid has been part of bands such as Snow Patrol and Vega4. He is also known for his collaborations with popular artists, mostly with Ed Sheeran. He co-wrote Sheeran’s chartbusting track Shape of You and co-produced his platinum album X.
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Niamh Cusack
(Actress)
Niamh Cusack
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Birthdate: October 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Feargal Sharkey
(Singer and Lead Vocalist of Punk Band ‘The Undertones’)
Feargal Sharkey
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Feargal Sharkey is a Northern Irish singer best known for his association with the popular rock band The Undertones where he was the lead vocalist. Also known for his contribution to the UK's commercial music industry, Sharkey was appointed OBE for services to music during the 2019 Birthday Honours. A fly fisherman, Sharkey also campaigns against the pollution of rivers.

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Allen Leech
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Birthdate: May 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Killiney, County Dublin, Ireland
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Gloria Hunniford
(Irish TV and Radio Presenter and Singer)
Gloria Hunniford
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Birthdate: April 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland

Octogenarian Gloria Hunniford is still young at heart and wishes to get a tattoo after getting her COVID-19 vaccine. The Northern Irish TV/radio presenter, famous for shows such as Loose Women, became involved with cancer charities after her daughter’s death due to the disease. She is also a chakra-meditation enthusiast.

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Steven Davis
(Association football player)
Steven Davis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ballymena
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Richard Dormer
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Birthdate: November 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK
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Patrick Bergin
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Birthdate: February 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Danny O'Donoghue
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Gary Moore
(Former rock guitarist who played with groups like Skid Row and Thin Lizzy and worked with such artists as Greg Lake)
Gary Moore
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: February 6, 2011

Known as one of the greatest musicians from the British Isles, Irish singer Gary Moore rocked the music scene since the 1960s. Known as part of rock bands such as Skid Row and Thin Lizzy, he gained fame as a fine guitarist who experimented with blues, rock, heavy metal, and jazz.

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John Hume
(Irish Nationalist Politician and One of the Architects of the Northern Ireland Peace Process)
John Hume
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Died: August 3, 2020
John Hume, founder of the SDLP, was a major figure in the Northern Ireland peace process. He became the only person to win all three major peace awards: the Nobel Peace Prize, the Gandhi Peace Prize, and the Martin Luther King Award, and was “knighted” by Pope Benedict XVI.
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Christy Brown
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland
Died: September 7, 1981
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Victoria Smurfit
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Birthdate: March 31, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland