Sunday 26 October 2014

A stamp of approval for Heaney

Michael Staines

Published 29/08/2014 | 02:30

Seamus Heaney's granddaughters, on left, Aibhin (6) and Siofra Heaney (3) with the new commemorative stamp celebrating the poet's life.
Seamus Heaney's granddaughters, on left, Aibhin (6) and Siofra Heaney (3) with the new commemorative stamp celebrating the poet's life.

A NEW stamp celebrating the life of Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney has been issued to mark the first anniversary of his passing.

The 68c commemorative stamp features John Minihan's black and white portrait of the poet and is complemented by a special 'First Day Cover' envelope featuring an extract from his 1969 poem, 'Bogland.'

Seamus' son Michael said his family are "immensely moved" by An Post's decision to mark the poet's memory.

"The year since he died has been a sad time for our family, but this is not only a wonderful testament to his life and work, but also a reminder of the generosity and support people have shown since Dad's passing," he said.

Co Derry-born Heaney was 74 when he died on August 30, 2013.

The stamps can be purchased at all main post offices, at the GPO Stamp Shop and at irishstamps.ie.

Irish Independent

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