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Monday 16 December 2019

Paul Simon pays tribute to late Seamus Heaney in Dublin

Singer jokes that Dublin Airport could be renamed after late Laureate

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Paul Simon was on hand in Dublin Airport today to unveil the new bespoke Peter Sis designed Aubusson tapestry commemorating the late Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

"It's always lovely to give a gift, particularly today given the magnitude of the gift to all the people who pass through Dublin airport soon to be renamed Seamus Heaney airport," he joked.

"Travellers would do well to carry Seamus Heaney's words with them as they journey around the globe.  He was, truly, a poet for all the world.”

Simon along with Bono, The Edge, Paul Mc Guinness & Kathy Gilfillan, Marie & Joe Donnelly, Kathy & Ed Ludwig supported the creation of the commissioned tapestry entitled 'Out of The Marvellous'.

Designed by acclaimed New York based Czech artist Peter Sis the 4 meter high piece was woven by master weavers in Atelier Pinton in Aubusson, France over the course of five months. 

Kevin Toland, CEO, Dublin Airport Authority, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase this wonderful tapestry to millions of travellers at Dublin Airport, in honour of a man who was uniquely of Ireland, but who wove our stories so vividly for the world.”

Marian Finucane hosted the event and spoke of the beauty of the tapestry. "It will lift spirits and you need that when you're in a rush at the airport," she said.

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