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    I think an overlooked aspect of Northern Ireland that really deserves credit is the creative and inventive spirit of its people and its many discoveries and inventions, from both sides of the community. Even before the country even existed, the area that would become Northern Ireland produced revolutionary minds and world-changing ideas and discoveries which have all changed the world in their own way, and in some cases, their legacy shapes the way we live our lives today.

    Lord Kelvin: (1824 - 1907), Belfast born physicist and the formulater of the Laws of Thermodynamics, absolute zero and the temperature unit Kelvin.
    Ancestral home of 12 US Presidents, from Andrew Jackson to Richard Nixon
    The first truly modern linen, an industry which would blossom during the 19th century
    Chocolate milk created by a County Down man, Hans Sloane
    The modern ejector seat, invented by Down man James Martin
    Astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell, discoverer of pulsars
    Home to numerous world renowned ships, including the Titanic, Olympic, Britannic, HMS Belfast, SS Southern Cross
    A history of creative literary minds, including CS Lewis, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley and Seamus Heaney
    Musical talent in the form of Van Morrison, Phil Coulter, Nadine Coyle etc.
    Sporting talent in all fields, including Rory McIlroy, George Best, Gerry Armstrong, Joey Dunlop and others.
    Two world renowned actors from the two "sides", Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt
    And of course, how could we forget ... the Ulster Fry!

    Northern Ireland, and what was to become it, has provided the world with a plethora of people and things who define it as the cultural and inventive powerhouse which has had a profound effect, and that regardless of whether you are a CNR or a PUL or somewhere in between, you can be eternally proud of the mark that the Wee Country, or Six County Statelet has had on the world.

    If you could add to my list that would be great, and I'd prefer if this thread didn't include political related people or things, especially in relation to the "situation".

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    harry ferguson

    Henry George Ferguson was an Irish engineer and inventor who is noted for his role in the development of the modern tractor, becoming the first Irishman to build and fly his own aeroplane, and for developing the first four-wheel drive Formula One car.
    Nec Aspera Terrent..Is Tuaisceart-Éireannach mé. Má tá meas agat ar mo chultúr, beidh meas agam ar do chultúr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drogheda445 View Post
    I think an overlooked aspect of Northern Ireland that really deserves credit is the creative and inventive spirit of its people and its many discoveries and inventions, from both sides of the community. Even before the country even existed, the area that would become Northern Ireland produced revolutionary minds and world-changing ideas and discoveries which have all changed the world in their own way, and in some cases, their legacy shapes the way we live our lives today.

    Lord Kelvin: (1824 - 1907), Belfast born physicist and the formulater of the Laws of Thermodynamics, absolute zero and the temperature unit Kelvin.
    Ancestral home of 12 US Presidents, from Andrew Jackson to Richard Nixon
    The first truly modern linen, an industry which would blossom during the 19th century
    Chocolate milk created by a County Down man, Hans Sloane
    The modern ejector seat, invented by Down man James Martin
    Astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell, discoverer of pulsars
    Home to numerous world renowned ships, including the Titanic, Olympic, Britannic, HMS Belfast, SS Southern Cross
    A history of creative literary minds, including CS Lewis, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley and Seamus Heaney
    Musical talent in the form of Van Morrison, Phil Coulter, Nadine Coyle etc.
    Sporting talent in all fields, including Rory McIlroy, George Best, Gerry Armstrong, Joey Dunlop and others.
    Two world renowned actors from the two "sides", Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt
    And of course, how could we forget ... the Ulster Fry!

    Northern Ireland, and what was to become it, has provided the world with a plethora of people and things who define it as the cultural and inventive powerhouse which has had a profound effect, and that regardless of whether you are a CNR or a PUL or somewhere in between, you can be eternally proud of the mark that the Wee Country, or Six County Statelet has had on the world.

    If you could add to my list that would be great, and I'd prefer if this thread didn't include political related people or things, especially in relation to the "situation".
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    Alex " hurricane " Higgins.
    Dennis Taylor..
    George Best..

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    No not Samaras. Suppose it's the obvious one, but the 'fifth Beatle' is known around the world for both his football and lifestyle.
    'Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness'.

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    'Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness'.

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    Billy Bingham, played in the 58 world cup and manged OWC to the 82 and 86 finals... and of course a wee mention for Gerry for that goal...

    Nec Aspera Terrent..Is Tuaisceart-Éireannach mé. Má tá meas agat ar mo chultúr, beidh meas agam ar do chultúr.

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    My personal favourite.
    'Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness'.

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    *Cough*


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    Music...Van Morrison, Gary Moore, James Galway, The Undertones, Ash, Stiff Little Fingers, Snow Patrol...







































    and 650 marching bands!!!
    Nec Aspera Terrent..Is Tuaisceart-Éireannach mé. Má tá meas agat ar mo chultúr, beidh meas agam ar do chultúr.

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