1987 in Northern Ireland
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- 8 May - The British Army Special Air Service (SAS) kills 8 Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) members and a civilian in an ambush at Loughgall.
- 3 July - Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand become the first people to complete a transatlantic flight in a hot air balloon aboard the balloon Virgin Atlantic Flyer, first touching down in Northern Ireland.
- 8 November - Remembrance Day bombing: 11 civilians are killed in an IRA explosion during a Remembrance Day service in Enniskillen.
- 5 December - Downpatrick & Ardglass Railway begins public operation, the first Irish gauge heritage railway in Ireland.
Arts and literature
- Ciarán Carson's The Irish for No poetry collection is published and wins the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award.
- Winners: Linfield
- Warrenpoint Town F.C. formed.
- Robert Dunlop wins the 125cc, 350cc and 1000cc races at the Cookstown 100 to be named “Man of the Meeting”.
- 2 January - Daryl Fordyce, soccer player.
- 2 March - Jonathan Rea, motorcycle racer.
- 29 August - Tony Kane, soccer player.
- 16 September - Kyle Lafferty, international soccer player.
- 17 September - Greg Thompson, cricketer.
- 6 October - Michael O'Connor, soccer player.
- 25 October - Darron Gibson, soccer player.
- 27 April - Maurice Gibson, judge (born 1913).
- 7 May - Colin Blakely, actor (born 1930).
- 8 May - Patrick Joseph Kelly, Commander of the Provisional IRA East Tyrone Brigade, killed by Special Air Service at Loughgall (born 1957).
- 22 June - John Hewitt, poet (born 1907).
- 3 December - George Seawright, Loyalist politician.
- 22 December - John McMichael, leading Ulster Defence Association member, killed in car bomb attack.
Full date unknown
- "Today in History". Express (Washington, D.C.). 2012-07-03. p. 32.
- "Balloon crosses Atlantic". Pittsburgh Press. 1987-07-05. p. A4. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
- Cochrane, Gerry (2009). Back in Steam: the Downpatrick and County Down Railway from 1982. Newtownards: Colourpoint. p. 95. ISBN 978-1-906578-29-9.