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List of famous athletes from Northern Ireland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Northern Ireland has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Northern Irish athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Northern Ireland and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Northern Ireland then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Examples of athletes on this list: Johnny Johnston, John Devine and many more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Northern Irish athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Northern Ireland?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Northern Ireland in order to get more information about each one.

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Rory McIlroy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Charlie Nash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Paddy Barnes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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George Best is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Maik Taylor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Maik Taylor Fulham F.C.

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Eamonn Loughran is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Peter Doherty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Elisha Scott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Whitey McDonald is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Adam Carroll is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Sam English is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Joe Toner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Paul Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Ray Ferris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Iain Dowie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Iain Dowie Hull City A.F.C.

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Frank Loughran is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Jackie Vernon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Darron Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Darron Gibson Manchester United F.C.

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Steve Lomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Steve Lomas St Neots Town F.C.

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Boyd Rankin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Boyd Rankin

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Danny Wilson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Danny Wilson Swindon Town F.C.

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Marc Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Marc Wilson Portsmouth F.C.

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Tony Kane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Tony Kane Carlisle United F.C.

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Aidan Davison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Aidan Davison Colchester United F.C.

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Alan Mannus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Alan Mannus Linfield F.C.

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Saul Deeney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Saul Deeney Burton Albion F.C.

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Iain Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Iain Jenkins St. Mirren F.C.

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Brian McLean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Brian McLean Falkirk F.C.

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Barry Molloy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Barry Molloy Derry City F.C.

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Paul Stirling is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Paul Stirling

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Kevin Deery is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Kevin Deery Derry City F.C.

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Tony Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Tony Capaldi Leeds United A.F.C.

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Michael Hughes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Michael Hughes St Neots Town F.C.

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Gary Wilson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Gary Wilson

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Neil Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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William Porterfield is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
William Porterfield

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Jeff Whitley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Jeff Whitley Northwich Victoria F.C.

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Kyle McCallan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Kyle McCallan

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Lawrie Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Paddy Maguire is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Rory McCann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Rory McCann

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James Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Andrew White is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Andy Smith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Cormac McAnallen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Danny Hegan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Danny Hegan

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Chris Nicholl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Conor Gormley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland

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Kyle Lafferty is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Kyle Lafferty Rangers F.C.

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Paddy McCourt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Northern Ireland
Paddy McCourt Northern Ireland national football team