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Peter Robinson speaks of pride over Northern Ireland sport stars

By Steven Beacom

First Minister Peter Robinson has spoken about the great pride the success of our sporting stars has provided for Northern Ireland.

In an exclusive interview with today's Belfast Telegraph, Robinson talks about his love of sport, revealing his heroes, past and present, which sporting star he would like to be and his feelings after attending his first GAA match.

He also explained Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness gives him stick over the choice of his favourite football teams.

Northern Ireland sport is, of course, riding on the crest of a wave with our gifted golfers Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy all having won majors in the past two years and the Ulster Rugby team reaching the Heineken Cup final.

We will also have several competitors at the Olympics in London later this year with high hopes of winning medals.

The First Minister believes all this success helps keep spirits up in Northern Ireland.

“For instance, people who never play golf would be rooting for Rory McIlroy and watch him until all sorts of hours in the morning wherever he is playing around the world,” said Mr Robinson.

McIlroy famously gave a golfing lesson to Robinson and McGuinness on the lawns of Stormont.

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