Legendary jockey Tony McCoy was awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2016 New Year Honours.
The list also honoured veteran actress Barbara Windsor and snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan.
McCoy said: "It is an unbelievable privilege and honour to receive a knighthood in the New Year Honours List. I wasn't expecting it. I consider myself lucky to have had a job I loved every single day. The team around me made it possible for me to achieve my goals, and the support from the public and racing community since retiring has been overwhelming.
"A knighthood really tops off a crazy and memorable year."
Also named in the Queen's Honours list are actor James Nesbitt, who is awarded an OBE, and boxer Carl Frampton, who has received an MBE.
A total of 79 recipients from Northern Ireland were recognised for a wide range of achievements in areas of public life. They come from all walks of life - including sport, business, education, the voluntary sector, the arts and local government.