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Northern Ireland
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Location  Europe
Capital  Belfast
Area  13,843 sq km
Population  1,862,10
"Water smells when it stays in a pot for too long"
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  • Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an unknown 15th-Century Irish settlement near Dunluce Castle along the coast of Northern Ireland, as the findings were reported on 13 January 2015.

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  • Northern Irish professional golfer Rory McIlroy won the Honda Classic PGA Tour golf tournament on 4 March 2012 and became the World Number One golf player according to the official ranking. Rory topped the list as the second youngest player ever at the age of 22 behind legendary Tiger Woods.[1]

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  • A ban on showing tobacco products at the point of sale in small shops across the UK including Northern Ireland came into force on 6 April 2015.

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  • Rhys Mcclenaghan of Northern Ireland won gold in Men's Pommel Horse at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

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  • Northern Ireland smoking ban came into effect on 30 April 2007, prohibiting smoking in enclosed public places.


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  • Margaret Thatcher was elected as the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, as was of Northern Ireland, in 1979. She was the first woman elected ruler in Europe.[2]

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  • The 39th Group of Eight (G8) summit was officially inaugurated in Northern Ireland on 17 June 2013. The summit of the governments of eight of the world’s eleven wealthiest countries was aimed at discussing the way forward for the global economy and peace among others.

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  • Rory McIlroy, a professional golfer from Northern Ireland, won the 2011 U.S. Open Championship golf tournament by eight strokes with record 268 total on June 19, 2011. McIlroy's eight-shot victory made him the youngest winner of the event, to date, since 1923.[3]

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  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and former Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness in a symbolic milestone for Northern Ireland's peace process shook hands for the first time on 27 June 2012 during her two day tour of Northern Ireland.[4]

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  • Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell won Open de France golf tournament by 4 shots on 7 July 2013. Graeme clinched the win as he shot a final round of 67 to finish four ahead of South African Richard Sterne.[5]

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  • Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland won the 2014 Open Championship with a two-shot victory over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler on a thrilling final day at Hoylake.

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  • Boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan claimed Northern Ireland's first gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the 49kg and 56kg categories respectively.

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  • Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland was recognised as Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction at the 2016 World Travel Awards.[6]

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  • United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) conducted its first nuclear test in 1952. On October 3, 1952 Hurricane, first British atomic device, was detonated in a lagoon off the western shore of Timouille Island, Australia. United Kingdom was the third country in the world to successfully develop and test nuclear weapon.[7]

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  • On 14 October 2011 scientist from the University of Ulster revealed of the discovery of a stromatolite colony at Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.[8]

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  • Author Anna Burns became the first Northern Irish writer, and the first woman since 2013, to win the renowned Man Booker Prize for her novel Milkman on 16 October 2018.[9]
  • The Nobel Peace Prize for 1998 was awarded to John Hume and David Trimble from Northern Ireland for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland.[10]

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  • The analogue TV signal in Northern Ireland was switched off on 23 October 2012, completing the UK's transition to digital broadcasting.[11]

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  • Northern Ireland's professional golfer Rory McIlroy was announced as PGA Tour Player of the Year on 4 November 2012.

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  • Students from Northern Ireland secured the sixth place at the global maths and science ranking, according to the International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) released on 29 November 2016.[12]

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  • Golfer Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland claimed his first title of the year at the Australian Open by a single shot on 1 December 2013.[13]

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