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Title: Seamus Heaney

  • BY
  • Ben Murphy

  • Facts
  • Family
  • Childhood
  • Books/Poetry
  • Occupation
  • Prizes/Honours

  • Full Name Seamus Justin Heaney    
  • Birth 13 April 1939
  • Father Patrick Heaney
  • Mother Margaret Kathleen McCann
  • Heaney Siblings two sisters and six brothers
  • Spouse Marie Devlin
  • Number of Children 03
  • Education St. Columb's College, Queen's

Family 1/2
  • His father, Patrick Heaney, a local of
    Castledawson, was the eighth child of ten born to
    James and Sarah Heaney. Patrick was a farmer but
    his real commitment was to cattle-dealing, to
    which he was introduced by the uncles who had
    cared for him after the early death of his own

Family 2/2
  • Heaney's mother came from the McCann family,
    whose uncles and relations were employed in the
    local linen mill and whose aunt had worked as a
    maid for the mill owner's family.

  • Heaney was born on 13 April 1939 at the family
    farmhouse called Mossbawn, between Castledawson
    and Toomebridge in Northern Ireland.
  • Heaney was the first of nine children. In 1953,
    his family moved to Bellaghy, a few miles away,
    which is now the family home.
  • He received a scholarship to attend the boarding
    school St. Columbs College in Derry and went on
    to Queens University Belfast, studying english
    and graduating in 1961.

Books/Poetry 1/2
  • Some of Heaneys more popular books include
  • Buile Suibhne
  • Opened Ground
  • District and Circle
  • The Redress of Poetry
  • As a translater, Heanys most famous work is the
  • of the epic Anglo Saxon poem Beowulf.
  • The Testament of Cresseid and Seven Fables.

Books/Poetry 2/2
  • Some of Heaneys most popular poems include
  • A Kite for Aibhin
  • Blackberry Picking
  • Casualty
  • Death of a Naturalist
  • Digging
  • Exposure
  • From Lightnings
  • Keeping Going
  • Lovers on Aran
  • Mossbawn
  • Midterm Break

  • In the early 1960s he became a lecturer in
    Belfast after attending a university there. In
    1962 Heaneys poetry began being published.
  • Seamus Heaney published his first poetry book in
    1966, Death of a Naturalist.
  • In 1972, Heaney left Belfast and moved to Dublin
    and worked as a teacher in Carysfort College.
  • Seamus Heaney was a visiting Professor at Harvard
    University from 1981 to 1997.
  • From 1989 to 1994 he was also the Professor of
    Poetry at Oxford, having only to deliver three
    public lectures every year, this post did not
    require him to reside in Oxford.
  • In 1996 Heaney was made a Commandeur de l'Ordre
    des Arts et Lettres.

  • Among his many awards Heaneys most famous award
    is the Nobel Prise in Literature in 1995 .
  • Whitbred Book of the Year award in 1996.
  • T.S. Eliot Prize in 2006.
  • 2008 Seamus Heaney street in Denmark named after
  • 2009, David Cohen Prize,
  • 2010 Forward Poetry Prize.
  • 2011,Britains top 300 intellectuals.
  • 2012, Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetrys
    Lifetime Recognition Award.

  • A writer and a speaker, Heaney died on
    30/08/13 in Blackrock Clinic in Dublin following
    a short illness.
  • Hundreds of people attended his funeral.
  • A crowd of 81,553 spectators applauded Heaney for
    three minutes at an All Ireland Gaelic semi-final
    match on September 1st.
  • His funeral was broadcast live the following day
    on R.T.E radio and television.
  • His poetry collections sold out rapidly in Isish
    bookshops immediately following his death.