SEAMUS Heaney's wife and sons were in attendance as Professor Chris Morash, pictured, was announced as the first Professor of Irish Writing in Heaney's name at Trinity College.
The professorship was announced shortly before the poet died in August last year. Last night his wife Marie and sons Michael and Christopher watched as Trinity Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast confirmed the appointment.
Dr Morash is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. His ancestors were German Huguenots with no Irish connection, but he himself came to Ireland in 1985, originally to study Irish writing in Trinity.
"This post is a permanent appointment and I will certainly not be up in some ivory tower. I officially took up the position last Wednesday when I was teaching first-year students - it doesn't get more hands- on than that," says Professor Morash.