Sunday 23 September 2018

Shock as newspaper managing editor dies at 36

Neill O’Neill: tributes
Neill O’Neill: tributes
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Tributes have been paid to a prominent journalist who passed away suddenly at his home.

Neill O'Neill was managing editor of 'The Mayo News' since 2011 and a highly respected journalist in the region.

The 36-year-old fell ill and died at his home in Rosbeg at The Quay in Westport yesterday morning.

During his time at the head of the paper, it won a number of international awards for design, layout and content. He had been working on this week's edition of the paper until late on Monday.

He is survived by his partner Emma Joyce, parents Colm and Mary, brothers Conor and Finbarr and sisters Aoife and Orla.

Mr O'Neill became a well known face of regional journalism through his appearance on the first series of the RTÉ show 'The Local Eye', which followed the fortunes of three regional newspapers including 'The Mayo News'.

In a statement, 'The Mayo News' management and staff, along with the owners Dermot and Natalie Berry, expressed their condolences to the O'Neill family.

Editor Michael Duffy described Mr O'Neill as "the heart and soul of 'The Mayo News'" and said there was a "complete sense of disbelief" at his death.

Irish Independent

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