Tuesday 24 October 2017

Heaney's last loving words

The body of Seamus Heaney was reverentially consigned to the Derry earth that inspired him to write the verses that made him one of the greatest of Irishmen.

The poet, now hailed at home and abroad as one of the cultural immortals, was laid to rest yesterday by his family as thousands paid their last respects.

Earlier, the great and the good bade farewell at his funeral in Dublin.

During the Mass at Donnybrook church, one of his sons, Michael, revealed that his father's last words, sent as a text message to his wife Marie just minutes before he died, were "nolle timere", Latin for "don't be afraid".

 

Irish Independent

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