1966 in Northern Ireland
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- 17 April - In Belfast, the Easter Rising is commemorated by large republican parades.
- 26 June - Ulster Volunteer Force engages in three sectarian murders.
- Divis Tower in Belfast is built.
Arts and literature
- Seamus Heaney's first poetry collection, Death of a Naturalist.
- Ulster Orchestra founded in Belfast by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, with Maurice Miles as its first principal conductor and János Fürst as leader.
- Winners: Linfield
- 3 January - Martin Galway, composer for games.
- 24 January - Jimeoin, comedian and actor.
- 8 March - Enda Gormley, Gaelic footballer.
- 25 March - Anton Rogan, footballer.
- 30 August - Peter Cunnah, singer and songwriter.
- 12 October - Brian Kennedy, singer, Eurovision song contestant and writer.
- 28 October - Jules Maxwell, songwriter and composer.
- 16 November - Paul Millar, footballer and football manager.
- 12 December - Ian Paisley, Jr., Democratic Unionist Party MLA.
- 20 December - Dekker Curry, cricketer.
- 27 December - Henry Downey, Derry GAA hurler and Gaelic footballer.
- John McCrea, comic artist.
- Barry McElduff, Sinn Féin MLA.
- 28 March - Patrick McCartan, Sinn Féin MP and TD, member of 1st Dáil, a founder member of Clann na Poblachta (born 1878).
- 1 April - Brian O'Nolan, novelist, satirist and humorist (born 1911).
- Sydney Sparkes Orr, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania (born 1914).