Miss Northern Ireland Lauren Leckey is a self-confessed daddy's girl and says she's been close to her dad Trevor all her life. With Father's Day coming up, the 21-year-old plans to make her dad a trifle for the big day.
Me and my dad are really close. Right from when I was a child I've been a real daddy's girl. My dad had an accident when I was eight, and in P5, which meant he was paralysed from the waist down.
"When we were small we used to go every Sunday to the races, and we loved it as a family. The whole family was into motorbikes and it was a really good day out for all of us.
"Even when he had an accident that day and was taken to hospital, we didn't know just how serious it was. He'd had accidents before, with things like a broken leg, so I remember me and my older sister Kori, who's 23 now, just chatting in the car on the way home.
"He ended up in a coma for a few weeks, and obviously then it became clearer as time went on that the accident had been very serious.
"But my dad's a very strong person. I think it's really us, our family, and the business that keeps him going and getting up and out to work every single day.
"My dad runs his own business, Stoneyford Concrete, and I work with him. He's the MD, and throughout the lockdown it's basically been just me and him in the office working flat out. I'm living at home too - in fact we all are. We're all real homebirds, which has meant throughout lockdown all seven of us have been together.
"There's my mum Lisa and my dad, me, Kori and my brothers Jamie (20), Zak (19) and 15-year-old Lance. So it's a full house, but it means we're all kept busy.
"We live right beside the business in Stoneyford, outside Lisburn, and I think the fact the construction industry has carried on has given us some routine," she adds.
"Both my parents were brilliant when it came to Miss Northern Ireland. I'd said for a long time I wanted to do it, and I think they maybe didn't think too much of it. But when I entered and the first heat was at a restaurant in Templepatrick, my dad drove me there and about 17 members of my family turned up to support me - I'm not sure that did much to help my nerves!
"When I won Miss NI, my dad was over the moon.
"It was an incredible experience, and even though I might not have put myself forward for modelling shoots and things like that before I did it, now that I've done it and I'm working with ACA Models, I really want to keep on doing it.
"Miss NI opened a lot of doors for me - and my dad actually went with me to pick up my final dress, so along with my mum, he was a big support through it all.
"And even though he's not a particularly sentimental person, at Christmas there he gave me a lovely present which was a photo album packed with all the newspaper cuttings he'd gathered up from me winning the competition.
"I really wasn't expecting something as nice as that, so it was amazing. Mind you, the other half of the present was some car washing stuff, so it was a pretty strong combination!
"For Father's Day, we'll all be together this year because everyone's at home, and I'll be making my dad a trifle.
"That's something he's always got, and always will get - otherwise he'd be asking me where it was."
Dad-of-three Mark Simpson, one of BBC NI's most familiar faces, shares a serious passion for sport and the news with his dad John, who turns 80 later this year.
"My dad is John Simpson. He's not the economist, although everyone always thinks he is. He used to work in insurance but the big joke among my mates was that no-one knew how he could have a job because he was at practically every single sporting thing I ever did.
"He'd be there for every rugby game, football match or cricket game I played right from when I was five years old. If it was a Wednesday afternoon and I'd be playing for the under-13s, or a Tuesday afternoon, he'd be there on the touchline.
"I think he invented flexible working back then in the early Eighties. It was great for me because it meant he was always there. It was a huge encouragement.
"I wasn't a particularly good sportsman, but I was keen and I played a lot of sport and I think my dad was like me, a bit of a journeyman. He played a bit of rugby and football and he still plays golf. And, like me, he likes nothing better than watching sport.
"That's the thing about us, we share the same interests. Our two obsessions in life are sport and the news, and while it's been tough the last few months with no live sport to watch, I suppose we've had a lot of news to keep us busy.
"Growing up, we always had three papers a day in the house. Two morning papers, and the Belfast Telegraph was delivered every night.
"My dad wasn't a journalist, there were no journalists in the family, but having the papers in the house as such a constant meant I really hooked on to the news.
"I went on to work for all three of the local papers at different times before I moved to the BBC.
"My dad wasn't strict when I was growing up. He'd let me stay up until 11pm every Wednesday night to watch Sportsnight, which was great.
"And he did what any sports-mad youngster would want back then - he took me to Windsor Park where I was able to see George Best.
"And while my dad was big into the news, I remember back in 2012 when I was covering a lot of stuff for the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, another journalist in Belfast mentioned to me this remarkable story."
Mark continues: "He said he hadn't realised that a relative of mine, a man named Dr John Edward Simpson, had died on the Titanic.
"Well I said, 'Sorry, that sounds very interesting, but I'm afraid you've got your facts wrong, if one of our relatives had died on Titanic my dad would have told me'. Well, of course, I phoned my dad up straight away and said to him, 'Is this true, that one of our relatives died on the Titanic?' And he said 'Yes, it is true'. Well, I couldn't believe it.
"There's me growing up surrounded by papers, talking constantly about politics and the news, covering stories flat out about the Titanic at the time the Titanic Centre was being built, and no one ever mentioned it.
"I said, 'You never told me this?' And he said, 'You never asked'. I suppose he was right," he adds.
"Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we'll get to see my dad for Father's Day this year. Our family is shielding at the minute because my wife Catherine has lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, so it's really important that we don't go too far.
"I've haven't seen dad or my mum, Barbara, but we talk a lot on the phone.
"We have all our girls at home in Holywood at the minute - Grace, who's 23; Holly, who's 21; and 15-year-old Joy.
"We have a bit of a tradition that on my birthday and Father's Day, I get them all to come along for a sea swim with me, although we'll probably just all jump in the paddling pool in the garden this year. It'll be just as cold, I imagine.
"And while we'll probably not get to see my dad on Father's Day, he's 80 later this year so we're hoping by that time things will be different and we'll be able to have a proper celebration."
NI weatherman Barra Best says he’s taken up home brewing during lockdown, a hobby his dad Aidan started a few years ago.
"Me and my dad are quite pally. He lives just around the corner from me in north Belfast so we’re usually able to see quite a lot of each other. In normal times, if I haven’t been doing much, I’ll pop over on a Sunday and I usually manage to coincidentally time it for when they’re having their lunch. That usually works out quite well for me.
“For the last few years my dad has been getting better and better at doing his own home brews, and I’ve started giving it a go myself during the lockdown.
“I’ve brewed some lagers, and most recently I did some Irish red ale.
“My lagers went down a treat, but the red ale was either more of an acquired taste, or I did it wrong.
“My dad’s a dab hand at the beers and he’s just started making his own ciders. I haven’t had any yet, which I think means he likes it so much he hasn’t been willing to share it with me. It’s a great hobby actually, and you can get about 40 pints made for £10, so it’s worth a go.
“My dad’s a social worker, and he’s still working away. I’m not sure if he’s planning his retirement any time soon — and even if he was I’m not sure my step-mum would be up for that. I think he’ll carry on for a while yet.
“Lockdown has been strange for us, like it has been for everyone. At the beginning I would see him if I was taking the dog out for a walk, and he’d stand out at the door to say hello. But that was it for ages,” Barra adds.
“Gradually as things have eased a bit, and with six people able to meet outside, I’ve been able to get around a bit more. He’s got a big back garden and you don’t have to go through the house to get there, you just go around the side.
“At first it was weird, with me on one side of the garden and him on the other, but it’s the same experience everyone has had to get used to. It’s better than it was, though, and hopefully things will carry on moving in this direction.
“We’ve been able to have a couple of beers together, too, but it was funny because I brought my own glass around to the garden, and my own home brews, too, and he had his own glass from the house and his own beers. There wasn’t any sharing.
“My dad’s always been good craic. I was kept in my place when I needed to be, but there wasn’t too much strict discipline and we always had something to do.
“I remember when I was a kid, we went fishing quite a bit to the coast and if it was raining he’d happily just cut out a hole for the head and two arm holes from a bin bag for our waterproofs. That was obviously the fashion back then!
“We had lots of good times, like family holidays, and I have great memories of going over to Blackpool. But when I was a kid I don’t remember doing all that much for Father’s Day. I’d get him a card, and maybe my mum would buy a few beers for me to give him, but I think it’s become more of a thing for families to celebrate in recent years.
“I wouldn’t say I’m much of a cook, unless it’s something for the microwave, so me offering to make him lunch wouldn’t be that great. We’d normally go out in town to celebrate.
“But this year, obviously that won’t be possible. I think it’ll be a card in the garden and maybe a new home brewing kit. You’ve always got to think of these things when you’re giving someone a present — that he’ll make it all up and in the end I’ll hopefully get half.”
Peter Corry, himself a dad of three, says his father Norman, who turned 90 earlier this year, helped encourage him into the world of music. Preparing for the Titanic Drive-in Concerts in Belfast from July 3-5, the singer says lockdown hasn’t been easy but, like everyone else, his family is getting through it.
"My dad turned 90 in April, and he’s doing really well. He lives in east Belfast with my mum, and we’ve been up to visit quite a lot over the last two or three months to check they’re both okay and that they have everything they need.
“We’re doing the same as everyone else, really, dropping stuff off at the gate and talking over the garden fence. It’s just a very surreal time.
“But this week we actually ventured a bit closer and sat in the garden for a while. That’s progress. My dad is musical, too, and I had that all around me growing up.
“He worked in different jobs, he was in Shorts for a while and he sold cars. But he was big into brass bands, right up until recently.
“He played in a brass band that my brother conducts, and while he played loads of instruments, the one he played there and until recently was the cornet.
“He was very encouraging when it came to music,” Peter adds.
“I remember the first time I really saw the power of music was when my dad was up playing a solo in church and I saw a woman beside me crying. That’s when I realised just how emotionally powerful music could be, and that had a big effect on me.
“My mum sang in the church choir, and while my dad didn’t sing a lot, I had a concert in the Opera House five years ago and he came up with me and sang a duet.
“We sang Edelweiss together, and that was a lovely moment. My dad was 85 at the time.
“He’s a lovely grandfather, too. He has eight grandkids altogether, as well as eight great-grandchildren. He’s very loving and caring, and he always has a joke to tell — whether it’s an appropriate joke, that’s a different thing.
“I think he’s quite proud of me and the work I’ve done, but he’s equally proud of my brother who conducts the brass band, and of my sister as well,” Peter says.
“Growing up, Mother’s Day was always more of a thing, it always seemed that more was made of it, but Father’s Day has come to the fore much more, which is a great thing. Us dads need our recognition, too!
“The last couple of Father’s Days, we’ve been away, and myself and my wife Fleur got married on the weekend of Father’s Day two years ago, so it was out in Italy that we were able to give our dads their cards.
“This year, I’ve not been able to see my kids for most of the lockdown, but this week I got to see my daughter for the first time, and we’re hopeful that if there’s nice weather on Sunday we’ll be able to sit outside and eat together in the garden.
“My sons aren’t here, but one out of three isn’t bad. It’s a strange time for everyone, but we’re getting through it.”
Chef and broadcaster Paula McIntyre will be delivering a special meal for her parents, David and Rae, tomorrow as a way to mark Father’s Day.
"I grew up in Aghadowey, outside Coleraine and Ballymoney, and my dad was the headmaster at Magherafelt High School.
“I think he’d have been quite strict at school, but he wasn’t like that at home. I think like most daughters you figure out a way to wrap them round your wee finger,” she says.
“I started working in restaurants when I was a teenager and I always wanted to go down that route into cooking, but back in those days it wasn’t considered a serious profession in the way it is now, particularly in the kitchens which were still a very male place to be.
“My parents both wanted me to go down the academic route, with my mum working as a teacher, too, and I totally saw the value in it.
“I got a scholarship then to go to America, so I got a lot out of my studying and I ended up teaching catering myself for 20 years, mostly at the Northern Regional College, alongside all my other work. It must be in the blood.
“Growing up, there was lots of laughter in our house. They’d be serious when they had to be, but my dad has always been good craic with a great sense of humour,” she says.
“I stopped teaching in June 2019 as given all my other work it gradually had wound down to one day a week, and when I ended up making my way into the public eye a bit more with my cooking, my parents have been very proud, of course. They’re very proud as a family, but there wouldn’t be much over-praising going on.
“My brother, who’s also called David, has always taken the mick out of me. It started from when he was born and it’s been non-stop since. It’s great in that there’s no way that anybody would let you get above your station.
“I know my parents are proud, though, and when I got my MBE a couple of years ago that was a big deal.
“They came to London with me and it was a great day — although I think if you’d asked them when I was younger would something like that happen, they wouldn’t have predicted it, not with the way I behaved.
“Let’s just say I’d have been quite bold. I was quite the wee rebel back then so I suppose they had their work cut out with a feisty, spirited teenager,” Paula says.
“Normally for Father’s Day, between me and my brother, we’d either go out or someone would cook, but this year everything’s different, like it is for everyone.
“But there’s a Chinese restaurant in Coleraine that my dad loves, and he really enjoys one of their duck dishes, so I think I’ll try to do him something similar and drop it off at the house.
“Throughout the lockdown I’ve gone down a couple of times a week from where I live in Portstewart, staying out in the garden, and I’ve made them Sunday lunches and dropped them round.
“This week it’ll be a bit special with a duck salad and some sort of beef for their main.
“My dad loves chocolate, too, so I’ll do something like a chocolate whiskey mousse for them. Hopefully it’ll be a nice way to mark the day, even in such strange times.”