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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Caitlin pens tribute to poet Heaney

Caitlin O'Conluain who has written a poem in memory of the late Seamus Heaney.

IT's never too late to develop your creative flair, as Dundalk great-grandmother Caitlin O'Conluain proved when she began writing poetry – at 69 years old!

IT's never too late to develop your creative flair, as Dundalk great-grandmother Caitlin O'Conluain proved when she began writing poetry – at 69 years old!

Now the poetic pensioner has penned an inspiring tribute to her literary hero Seamus Heaney, who died in the last two weeks.

'I didn't start writing until I was 69. I was too busy I think having children, raising the family, and then grandchildren starting coming along as well.'

The mother of five and grandmother of 19 said she became enthralled by Heaney's work and, liked many of the Nobel laureate's fans, admired not only his literary style, but his realistic approach to the celebrity status he acquired.

'I was a follower of his work, he really inspired me. He also came across as a very down to earth man and that came across in his poetry especially, as his writing was very earthy, ' said Caitlin.

The Carroll Mead resident, who discovered her own literary talents rather late in life, was in her 70s before she saw her work in print, when Queen's University published some of her Irish poems.

'I've written about lots of different things, and really enjoy it,' she said.

When I heard of Seamus Heaney's death, it really struck me, and I just started to put a few words down on paper myself about how much Ireland will miss miss him.'

Caitlin's poem, simply titled 'Seamus Heaney' honours the poet and writer in her own way.

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