Wednesday 18 October 2017

Gadget sounds ruin great man's funeral

Camera phones, iPads pinging and mobiles ringing during the eulogy almost destroyed Seamus Heaney's last goodbye, writes Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

It was the moment mourners silently remembered. Heads bowed in reverence, stillness filled the air as the congregation at Seamus Heaney's funeral silently recalled his life. And then – the ear-splitting drone of a mobile phone.

It rang and rang, over and over, until members of the congregation began angrily shuffling on their pews, pushing out airy, exasperated sighs.

It turned my thoughts to another poet; Emily Dickinson. In her poem I heard a fly buzz – when I died she describes the mental anguish at annoying distractions at the most crucial times in life. Even at the moment of death.

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