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Leona O'Neill

The Irish News

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Recent articles by Leona:

Leona O'Neill: Why we need to keep defending the NHS for the sake of our families

THERE'S no doubt we are all in awe of our healthcare workers for the way they have handled the Coronavirus crisis on the frontline. → Read More

Love conquers all... as terminally-ill Samantha Gamble finally weds her Frankie

It was a day that Co Down couple Samantha Gamble and Frankie Byrne thought would never happen. → Read More

Leona O'Neill: Why my kids won't be back at school next month unless their safety from coronavirus is guaranteed

THERE has been much talk about sending children back to school following the two-month coronavirus lockdown. → Read More

Retired nurse's poignant ode to deserted Giant's Causeway

A retired nurse on lockdown in Co Antrim has taken to writing poetry to shine a light on one of Northern Ireland's best known tourist attractions, which now lies deserted. → Read More

‘Filming Normal People was a huge responsibility... but it was the best fun we’ve had’

Just weeks after the hit series based on Sally Rooney’s bestselling novel exploded onto our screens, some of the cast still can’t quite believe the impact it’s had. Leona O’Neill talks to two of its Northern Ireland-born stars, Aislin McGuckin and Desmond Eastwood. → Read More

Leona O'Neill: Partying in this climate is crazy – we can't afford to let our guard down

WE ALL want normal back. → Read More

Leona O'Neill: Lockdown is very hard on families but we must carry on

WE'RE heading into week five of the coronavirus lockdown now and if you haven't gone crazy at least once during that time period, I fear you might be some manner of machine. → Read More

Coronavirus: Stressed-out Northern Ireland pupils left 'in limbo' after school closures

THE announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night that UK schools will close from Friday until further notice and that exams in May and June are cancelled has caused stressed pupils in Northern Ireland to fear for their futures. → Read More

Rathlin islanders show community spirit in fight to keep coronavirus out

The peaceful and idyllic Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland's only inhabited offshore island, remains untouched by the deadly coronavirus and residents want to keep it that way. → Read More

Letters home to Northern Ireland: how we’re coping with coronavirus

Covid-19 is now making a huge difference to the way we live in Northern Ireland, but what has been the impact upon people from here living abroad? Those who have moved overseas tell Leona O’Neill about surviving lockdowns and cancelled trips to see loved ones back home. → Read More

Leona O'Neill: I'm ignoring Boris – family and health must come first when it comes to self-isolation

NEVER in my life have I placed my faith in politicians. → Read More

Coronavirus: On either side of border, a struggle to comprehend the implications

The streets of Lifford in Co Donegal were deserted on Friday, apart from a few people heading to the pharmacy. Cafes and shops were empty and the local schools were closed as per Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's instructions. → Read More

Video: Northern Ireland man tours locked down Venice

Northern Irish people on lockdown in Italy's coronavirus ravaged red zones have warned people back home to "be sensible" in their responses to the crisis to avoid a similar situation here. → Read More

Northern Ireland medic called in to assist with No 10's coronavirus response

A Northern Ireland-born virologist who was on the front line of the fightback against the Ebola virus has been drafted in by the UK Government to help battle the deadly coronavirus outbreak. → Read More

I thought we'd die, says Derry mum after wheelie bin set alight at front door

A young Londonderry mother thought she and her four-month-old baby boy were going to die after arsonists blocked the only escape route from their first floor flat with a burning bin. → Read More

Heroes of the High Street: James McNeill on running Broughshane hardware and grocery store for 60 years

Eighty-two-year-old James McNeill began his Broughshane retail empire as a young lad of just 14, navigating the country roads of Co Antrim in a grocery van, selling tea and sugar to rural residents. From the foundations of those humble beginnings, James, his wife of 59 years, Margaret, and their four children - Alistair, Pauline, Anne and John - have built the thriving James McNeill stores on… → Read More

Leona O'Neill: Caroline Flack needed compassion and kindness, not criticism

TELEVISION star Caroline Flack was just 40-years-old when she took her own life at the weekend. → Read More

Streets of Coleraine ring with tributes as people speak proudly of local legend Harry Gregg

The weather in Coleraine town centre yesterday mirrored the mood of the people as they mourned a local legend. → Read More

Derry Alliance councillor Phillip McKinney opens up about mental health

An Alliance Party councillor in Londonderry has spoken out about his decades-long mental health battle in a bid to help others navigating the darkness. → Read More

Leona O'Neill: Wetherspoons has a point – drinking with kids just isn't approptiate

FORGET supernanny Mary Poppins, pub chain Wetherspoons knows that parenting is all about. → Read More