Bellaghy boy: Seamus Heaney at his old primary school, in Co Derry, in 1996. Photograph: Bobbie Hanvey, courtesy of John J Burns Library/Boston College
Two boats: remembering Seamus Heaney
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  • September 7, 2013, 01:02

Seamus Heaney and I were friends for 50 years. When he sent me and my wife a copy of Opened Ground (his Selected Poems 1966-1996) he inscribed it with(...)

Seamus Heaney’s remains are carried by his sons Michael (left) and Christopher (centre) and their uncle Barry Devlin  at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet Seamus Heaney’s last words were in a text message to his wife Marie last Friday, minutes before he passed away, his son Michael said yesterday. “(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook for the funeral of Seamus Heaney this morning. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Seamus Heaney filled the world with poetry and prose, but said his goodbye with the simplest of lullabies. Tearful tributes from a lifelong friend and(...)

Seamus Heaney at a turf bog in Bellaghy, Co Derry, in 1986, wearing his father’s coat, hat and walking stick. Photograph: Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives/John J Burns Library/Boston College.

    Throughout his career Seamus Heaney had to chart his way through the tempestuous waters of being an Ulster, Irish and inte(...)

There was never anything patrician or remote  about Heaney. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

This is a moment of profound communal grief, a cold knife thrust into the hearts of us all. The loss of Seamus Heaney will be felt throughout the coun(...)

 Late poet Seamus Heaney, above, has been described by  Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan as a “very humble, modest man” who was “very accessible”.

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to his friend and fellow poet Seamus Heaney who died this morning. The pair have been friends for decades(...)

Plate-spinners, poets and playwrights will participate in this year’s Clifden Community Arts Festival, which published its programme in Connemara yest(...)

The White Birds or Angry Birds?: WB Yeats. Photograph: George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress

A professor this week suggested that, such was his interest in the new medium of radio in the 1930s that, were WB Yeats alive today, “he would be all (...)

Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley at Cúirt. Photograph: Boyd Challenger

THE reason there are so few good conversations, wrote Truman Capote, is two intelligent talkers seldom meet. He had clearly never been to a lit(...)

The expression “legends in their own lunchtime” wouldn’t come close to summing up the gathering of literary l(...)