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Arts and literature
- June – The Northern Ireland Players performed Joseph Tomelty's Barnum is Right as their first commercial stage play.
- Louis MacNeice's Autumn Journal: a poem was 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)
- ^ Nicol, Stuart (2001). MacQueen's Legacy; Ships of the Royal Mail Line. Two. Brimscombe Port and Charleston, SC: Tempus Publishing. p. 163. ISBN 0-7524-2119-0.
- ^ Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.