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Seamus Heaney
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Heaney talks to students of
(University College Dublin), 2009
Born (1939-04-13)13 April 1939
Castledawson, Northern Ireland
Died 30 August 2013 (aged 74)
Occupation Poet
Awards Nobel Prize in Literature 1995
T. S. Eliot Prize 2006

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) won a Nobel Prize in 1995 for poetry. He lived in Dublin for much of his life.

Early life

Heaney was born on 13 April 1939 at the family farmhouse called Mossbawn, in Northern Ireland. His parents were Patrick and Sarah Heaney, and Seamus was the first of nine children. Patrick was a farmer, but his main business was selling cattle.

Sarah Heaney was called Sarah McCann before she married Patrick Heaney, and her relations worked to make cloth in the linen industry. Heaney said it was important part of his background that his parents came from different parts of Irish life: the cattle-herding Gaelic past and the Ulster of the Industrial Revolution.


Heaney died in the Blackrock Clinic in Dublin, aged 74, following a stroke.

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