Sport in Northern Ireland



Ards Peninsula, Ballygally, Balmoral, Belfast, Bishopscourt, Bishopscourt Racing Circuit, Carrybridge, Casement Park, Castlewellan, Castlewellan Castle, Castlewellan Forest Park, Copeland Islands, Copelands, Cushendall, Donaghadee, Down Royal Racecourse, Dundrod, Fermanagh, Glenariff, Glens of Antrim, Lough Erne, Lough MacNean, Marble Arch Caves, Mazetown, Mountains of Mourne, Mourne Mountains, Mournes, Newcastle, North Coast, Northern Ireland, Portaferry, Portrush, Portstewart, Shaw's Bridge, Sperrins, Springhill House, Strangford Lough, The Copelands, The Maze, The Mournes






26min 14sec







Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project


British Film Institute, National Museums NI, Robert Blair, Tourism NI

Rights Holder

British Film Institute, Rights are managed by National Museums Northern Ireland on behalf of Tourism NI

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.


Celebrate sports of all seasons from the Ulster Grand Prix to homespun horseshoe throwing. There is plenty for all tastes and a few surprises to stretch any definition of ‘sport’. Sporting activities and interests in Northern Ireland are nothing if not eclectic. The landscape is a versatile venue for a dizzying breadth of local pastimes and international events. Get an adrenaline rush from the razor sharp reflexes of hurlers and international rally drivers. Find sport in solitary endeavours like landscape painting. Then delve into the caves of Fermanagh amongst the stalactites and savour the thrills of climbing sheer cliff faces in the Mournes. 


This film is amongst a wealth of material generated by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.  This government department had their own staff that documented the region through stills and moving images capturing various facets of life in Northern Ireland. The department was particularly busy in the mid-1950s to late 1960s, creating films that aimed to sell Northern Ireland as a holiday destination.


Bill Heaney - Narrator

Tom Huston - Director

Robert Blair - Photography

John Clugston - Photography

Tom Huston - Photography

Betty Hewitt - Continuity

Produced by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board Films Unit 



Please scroll to review and accept our terms and conditions (last updated on ) before viewing the moving images content.

To remember your terms and conditions acceptance, you can register as a site member or allow cookies on your browser.