1951 in Northern Ireland
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- 2 February - Éamon de Valera visits Newry for the first time since his arrest there in 1924.
- 17 March - Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster formed in Crossgar, County Down, by Ian Paisley.
- 19 April - The Attorney General for Northern Ireland, Ed Warnock, referring to the resignation of Noel Browne from the Government of the Republic of Ireland, says that Ireland is really ruled by Maynooth.
- Summer - Festival of Britain events in Belfast:
- 1 July - Taoiseach Éamon de Valera pays his first visit to Derry in 25 years.
- Public Order Act (Northern Ireland) 1951 is introduced, requiring organisers of public processions to give 48 hours' notice to the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), except for funeral processions and "public processions which are customarily held along a particular route".
Arts and literature
- Daniel O'Neill paints Knockalla Hills, Donegal and Western Landscape.
- Winners: Glentoran
- A qualifying round of The Open Championship is played at Portstewart Golf Club.
- Fred Daly plays in the Ryder Cup.
January to June
- 8 January - Alex Maskey, Sinn Féin MLA.
- 2 February - Steve Brennan, darts player.
- 23 February - David McClarty, Ulster Unionist Party MLA.
- 24 February - David Ford, leader of the Alliance Party and MLA.
- 3 March - Trevor Anderson, footballer and football manager.
- 7 May - Denis Murray, television journalist.
- 10 May - Charlie Nash, boxer.
- 20 June - Paul Muldoon, poet.
- 27 June - Mary McAleese, eighth President of Ireland.
July to December
- 30 August - Dana Rosemary Scallon, (Singer) Eurovision Song Contest winner and former MEP.
- 4 September - John Lowry-Corry, 8th Earl Belmore, art collector.
- 14 September - Joe McDonnell, volunteer in the Provisional Irish Republican Army, who died in the 1981 Irish hunger strike (died 1981).
- 15 September - Ernest Charles Nelson, botanist.
- 20 September - David McCalden, Holocaust denier (died 1990).
- 20 December - Nuala O'Loan, first Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, between 1999 and 2007.
Full date unknown
- Anne Devlin, writer.
- Marie Jones, actress and playwright.
- John Kindness, multi-media artist.
- Patrick Magee, Provisional Irish Republican Army member involved in the Brighton hotel bombing and writer.
- Brendan McFarlane, Provisional Irish Republican Army member, Maze escapee, facing alleged kidnapping trial.
- Malachi O'Doherty, journalist, author, broadcaster.
- Dolours Price, volunteer of the Provisional Irish Republican Army.