Seamus Heaney dies aged 74

Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney passed away today after a bout of ill-health

The Derry-born poet was one of the most revered Irish poets of the 20th century.

There has been a huge outpouring of affection for the poet online.

One of the first to react from the arts community was Eleanor McEvoy, saying "am so so sad to hear that Seamus Heaney has passed away. He was an absolute gentleman. Always felt that his poetry was food for the soul."

Acclaimed Limerick comedy-rap duo The Rubberbandits simply announced "R.I.P Seámus Heaney. There goes a legend."

The current Director of Amnesty International Colm O Gorman said "How can we find words to voice the depth of our loss on the passing of the man who spoke from our collective heart? RIP Seamus Heaney."

Comedian Abie Philbin Bowman said "RIP Irish Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney. What an amazing talent, ambassador for poetry, for culture & for Ireland. He will be missed."

Among his most famous collections of poetry are Death of a Naturalist, Door into the Dark, Wintering Out, and North.

In 1995, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was the fourth Irish writer to receive the award, after WB Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, and Samuel Beckett.

 

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