1959 in Northern Ireland
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- 10 February – Unions vote to end the 15-year split in the Irish trade union movement. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions results from the merger of the TUC and the CIU.
- 22 September – At its inaugural conference the Irish Congress of Trade Unions attacks the government of Northern Ireland for not recognising the new organisation.
- Manufacture of Spot-On models (1:42 scale die-cast model cars) by Lines Bros at Castlereagh in Belfast begins.
Arts and literature
- Winners: Linfield
January to June
- 25 February – Stephen Moutray, Democratic Unionist Party MLA.
- 5 March – Patrick Gerard Short Principal Homefield College.
- 31 March – Ali McMordie, bass guitarist.
- 26 April – Alex Attwood, SDLP MLA.
- 12 May – Mark Robinson, Democratic Unionist Party MLA.
- 24 May – Jake McMahon, unsolved murder victim (died 1978).
July to December
- 6 July – Danny Kennedy, Ulster Unionist Party MLA.
- 11 July – Stephen Warke, cricketer.
- 3 September – Dolores Kelly, SDLP MLA.
- 3 September – Dick Strawbridge, engineer and television presenter.
- 17 September – Charles Lawson, actor.
- 11 October – David Morgan, television presenter and journalist.
- 13 November – Davy Tweed, former Irish rugby international, unionist councillor.
- 13 November – Trevor Ringland, former Irish rugby international.
- 18 November – Jimmy Quinn, footballer and football manager.
- 3 December – Eamonn Holmes, television and radio presenter.
- 9 December – Paul Jackson, cricketer.
- 15 December – Hugh Russell, boxer.
Full date unknown
- Willie Doherty, installation and video artist.
- John Farry, singer/songwriter.
- Kate Thompson, actress and writer.
- 4 February – Una O'Connor, actress (born 1880).
- 16 May – Elisha Scott, footballer (born 1894).
- 13 June – Seán Lester, diplomat and last Secretary General of the League of Nations (born 1888).