The footballer Jimmy McIlroy lived at Ballyskeagh.
At 14 he was playing for Lisburn Technical College when he was spotted and asked to play for Craigavad F.C., and later Glentoran F.C..
He moved to England to play for Burnley F.C., then Stoke City. He played international football for Northern Ireland.
Burnley F.C. eventually named a part of their stadium ‘The Jimmy M’Ilroy Stand’.