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Arts and literature
- June - The Northern Ireland Players perform Joseph Tomelty's Barnum is Right as their first commercial stage play.
- Louis MacNeice's Autumn Journal: a poem is published.
- Winners: Belfast Celtic
- Winners: Linfield 2 - 0 Ballymena United
- 1 January - Billy Reid, volunteer in Provisional Irish Republican Army, killed in gunfight with British Army (died 1971).
- 13 April - Seamus Heaney, poet, writer and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature (died 2013).
- 17 May - Eddie Magill, footballer and football manager.
- 6 July - Mary Peters, pentathlete and 1972 Summer Olympics gold medal winner.
- 27 July - Michael Longley, poet.
- 9 August - Vincent Hanna, television journalist (died 1997).
- 16 August - Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland
- 11 October - Austin Currie, founder-member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) and former Fine Gael TD.
- 8 December - James Galway, flautist.
- Undated - Éamonn O'Doherty, sculptor (died 2011).
- ^ Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.