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Paul O'Neill OC LLD, (born 1928) is a writer, historian and former CBC producer born in St. John's, Newfoundlandmarker, and raised in Bay de Verde until the age of 8 when his family moved to St. John's, Newfoundland]], Canadamarker. He has written many books on the history of Newfoundlandmarker. His father, James O'Neill, was a prominent merchant in the town of Bay de Verde. He married Josephine (Flynn) in 1928. Educated at St. Bonaventure's College in St. John's, National Academy of Theater Arts at New Yorkmarker, O'Neill was an aspiring actor in the United Statesmarker and Englandmarker from 1949 to 1952. While he was in Englandmarker broadcaster Margot Davies had helped him in radio and encouraged him to write.

O'Neill began his career in radio with the CBC in Newfoundland where he produced many radio shows, TV shows such as Reach for the Top andschool broadcasts. He retired from the CBC in 1986. O'Neill published many plays, articles, poems and stories in addition to works of popular history. He has served as president of the Newfoundland Writer's Guild, chairman of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and president of the St. John's Folk Arts Council. In 1988, O'Neill was awarded the honorary LL.D by Memorial University of Newfoundlandmarker and in 1990 he was appointed to the Order of Canada. In 2004 O'Neill was awarded the Freedom of the City and in 2008 he received Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.

O'Neill's literary works include:

  • Spindrift and morning light an anthology of poems. (1968)
  • Everyman's complete St. John's guide. 1974
  • Legends of a lost tribe folk tales of the Beothuck Indians of Newfoundland 1976
  • A seaport legacy the story of St. John's, Newfoundland 1976
  • Lord Baltimore and the Avalon plantation 1977
  • Jezebels and the just women in Newfoundland 1500-1800 1980
  • Breakers stories from Newfoundland and Labrador 1982
  • The seat imperial Bay Bulls past and present 1983
  • A sound of seagulls: the poetry of Paul O'Neill. 1984
  • Upon this rock the story of the Roman Catholic Church in Newfoundland and Labrador 1984
  • The Oldest City The Story of St. John’s, Newfoundland 2003 ISBN 0-9730271-2-6
  • No Need To Wear Rubbers Travel Diary of James O'Neil 2005 ISBN 0973850116
  • How Dog Became a Friend Picture book illustrated by Cynthia Colosimo ISBN 978-1-894463-93-5

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