1961 in Northern Ireland
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- May - The last passenger liner completed by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, SS Canberra, is delivered to her owners, P&O.
- 6 May - Northern Ireland international wing-half Danny Blanchflower captains Tottenham Hotspur F.C. to the double of the Football League First Division title and FA Cup in England - the first team in 64 years to achieve this feat.
- 20 December - The last legal execution in Ireland occurs in Belfast - it is of Robert McGladdery for murder.
Arts and literature
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- Winners: Linfield
- 15 January - Damian O'Neill, guitarist.
- 15 June - Dave McAuley, boxer.
- 10 September - Ian Stewart, footballer.
- 4 November - Nigel Worthington, footballer, football manager and manager of Northern Ireland national football team.
- 26 December - John Lynch, actor.
- Maureen Boyle, poet.
- Bob Gilmore, musicologist and musician.
- Owen McCafferty, playwright.
- Eoin McNamee, novelist and screenwriter.
- Marcas Ó Murchú, traditional flute player.
- Glenn Patterson, writer.
- 18 January - Joseph Connolly, Fianna Fáil politician (born 1885).
- 25 September - James Crichton, soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1918 at Crèvecœur, France (born 1879).
- 8 December - Seamus Robinson, member of Irish Volunteers and Irish Republican Army (born 1890).
- 20 December - Robert McGladdery, murderer and last person to be executed in Northern Ireland.