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Northern Ireland

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Capital
Belfast

Population
1,663,000

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N/A
National sports hero
George Best (football)

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Holly Murdock (gymnastics)

Their team of 98 in 1998 brought back two gold medals, taking their total to 22 in a wide variety of sports.

They triumphed in the fullbore rifle pairs and lawn bowls fours in Kuala Lumpur but also have a proud record in athletics and boxing with Mary Peters and Barry McGuigan among the stars of the past.

Did you know?
Northern Ireland 800m runner James Mcllroy was a schoolboy international footballer and a scratch golfer who played for his country at under-18 level.

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