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Sunday 31 August 2014

Great and good turn out for Seamus Heaney celebration

Barry Egan

Published 27/04/2014 | 02:30

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Paul Simon (right) with Niall O'hAnnagain (left), 15, from Letterkenny, singer Paul Brady, and other guests at the Seamus Heaney celebrations at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron
Paul Simon (right) with Niall O'hAnnagain (left), 15, from Letterkenny, singer Paul Brady, and other guests at the Seamus Heaney celebrations at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron
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Be still my beating heart. I'm still recovering from the excitement of breathing the same air as the hero of my teenage years.

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The legend that is Paul Simon breezed into town during the week to honour his friend Seamus Heaney.

A host of the great and good came out for our most beloved bard at a tremendous tribute at the National Concert Hall on Wednesday night.

Brilliantly organised by Dublin City Libraries, the evening was a mix of music – courtesy of the Pauls, Simon and Brady, Donal Lunny, Lisa Hannigan and Liam O'Flynn – and Heaney's immortal words read by literary luminaries like Michael Longley, Paul Muldoon, Medbh McGuckian and Michael D Higgins, who was accompanied by the ever fragrant Sabina, doing the day job.

Post-performance a private party kicked off at the Adam Suite in the Shelbourne where a glamorous gang – Catherine Heaney, Sheila Pratschke, Bill Shipsey, Barbara Dawson, Barry 'Horslips' Devlin and wife Caroline Erskine, Niall McMonagle and Mary Clayton – were joined by a veritable sonnet of poets, writers and artists.

It was all absolutely 'out of the marvellous', as Seamus would say.

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