Tuesday 23 January 2018

Nobel-winning poet Heaney left €500,000 in will

Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

NOBEL Laureate Seamus Heaney left more than €500,000 in his will when he died last year.

Documents filed with the Probate Office in Dublin have shown that Heaney's estate was worth €511,853.

Heaney died at the age of 74 on August 30 last year, after suffering in hospital with a short illness.

The poet was survived by his wife Marie and children Christopher, Michael and Catherine Ann.

The Nobel prize-winner was born in April 1939, the eldest of nine children, on a small farm called Mossbawn near Bellaghy in Co Derry, Northern Ireland.


He lived in Sandymount on Dublin's south side.

Heaney was an honorary fellow at Trinity College Dublin and in 2012 was bestowed with the Seamus Heaney Professorship in Irish Writing at the university, which he described as a great honour.

His poetry first came to public attention in the mid-1960s when his first major collection, 'Death Of A Naturalist', was published in 1966.

Last month it emerged that acclaimed author Maeve Binchy gave one-third of her €10m estate to friends, former colleagues, charities and a popular Dublin golf club.

The novelist died in 2012, aged 72.

She left two-thirds of her estate, which included properties in Dublin and London, to her husband Gordon Snell.

The other third was to be divided between relatives, 18 friends and charities including the Marie Curie Memorial Foundation and St Luke's Hospital.


Binchy also gifted €10,000 to 29 individuals and groups, including Foxrock Golf Club.

The best-selling author claimed to have re-written her will at least 40 times during the course of her life, proudly stating she was a "great will maker. I've made a will every year since I was 21".

Throughout the years, Binchy made note of items that would have particular resonance and relevance to her closest friends.

Binchy was paid a record €62,000 advance for her first novel 'Light a Penny Candle', which was published when she was 42.

She went on to outsell Irish literary figures including Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Heaney.

Irish Independent

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