Friday 18 August 2017

Sarah Carey: I have Bill Clinton to thank for turning me on to Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney
Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey

This is my Seamus Heaney story, though it's really a Bill Clinton story. Three years ago, I swung a ticket to a dinner in UCD with Bill Clinton and 2,000 other people.

Heaney was there too, though I didn't see him as I was in a corner far, far away from the dignitaries. Clinton's speech was amazing. At one point, and without notes, he created a link between Heaney's epic poem The Cure At Troy, WB Yeats' Easter 1916 and Nelson Mandela.

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