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Thursday 24 August 2017

The mourners

THE chief mourners at the funeral were Seamus Heaney's wife Marie, sons Michael and Christopher and daughter Catherine Ann.

President Michael D Higgins and his aide-de-camp Col Brendan McAndrew, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his aide-de-camp, Cmdt Michael Treacy, and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and his wife Carol Hanney were in attendance, as were former President Mary McAleese and her husband Dr Martin McAleese.

Also in attendance were the four members of U2 and their partners, Bono and Ali Hewson, Edge and Morleigh Steinberg, Larry Mullen Jnr and Ann Acheson and Adam Clayton and Mariana Teixeira, and U2 manager Paul McGuinness and wife Kathy.

Also there were poets: his lifelong friend Michael Longley, Theo Dorgan, Micheal O'Sidhail and Paul Muldoon who delivered a eulogy to his friend, and British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

From stage and screen were actors Stephen Rea and Dominic West, star of hit US drama 'The Wire', Barry McGovern and Ger McSorley, and playwrights Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness, Tom Murphy and Bernard Farrell.

Novelist Edna O'Brien was accompanied by poet and Guinness heir, Garech de Brun. Also in the congregation were artists Pauline Bewick, Robert Ballagh and Anne Madden, widow of the late Louis le Brocquy and writer Brian Keenan.

From the legal profession were Attorney General Maire Whelan, Supreme Court judge, Justice Frank Clarke and former Chief Justice John Murray.

The Holy See was represented by Papal Nuncio Charles Brown.

Other politicians in attendance included the North's deputy first minister Martin McGuinness and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton, as well as Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell and former minister Mary Hanafin.

Also among the mourners were RTE's Miriam O'Callaghan and broadcaster/presenter John Kelly, arts patron Loretta Glucksman, Irish Independent Arts Editor Sophie Gorman and restaurateur Patrick Guilbaud.

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