Sunday 4 December 2016

'Elegant' sculpture of Seamus Heaney unveiled

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 09/06/2016 | 02:30

Marie Heaney and her brother-in-law Hugh Heaney, the brother of poet laureate Seamus Heaney, attend the unveiling of a bust in honour of her late husband Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Marie Heaney and her brother-in-law Hugh Heaney, the brother of poet laureate Seamus Heaney, attend the unveiling of a bust in honour of her late husband Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The poet Seamus Heaney has been remembered with an "elegant" sculpture at Sandymount Green in Dublin.

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At the unveiling, Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh thanked the Arts Council for giving the bust on loan.

Marie Heaney, widow of the Nobel Prize-winner, his brothers Don and Hugh, and other family members attended the unveiling in Dublin.

The Heaney family lived for many years in Sandymount.

Poet Paul Durcan, also a local resident, and a long-time friend of Heaney, quoted lines from Heaney's and his own works in a warm tribute to the writer, who died in 2013.

Sheila Pratschke, Chair of the Arts Council, said it was fitting that Heaney be remembered with an "elegant and sensitive" sculpture by Carolyn Mulholland.

Irish Independent

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