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Poet Heaney leaves €511k estate in will

NOBEL Laureate Seamus Heaney left more than €500k in his will, new documents show.

The world-renowned poet's estate was worth €511,853 when he died last year, documents filed with the Probate Office in Dublin have shown.

He died in hospital at the age of 74 on August 30 last year following a short illness.

Heaney was Ireland's first Nobel prize-winning poet since WB Yeats.

He won the award for literature in 1995.

Heaney was the recipient of numerous awards throughout his long career.

He won the TS Eliot Prize in 2006 for his collection District and Circle.

In 2010, he won the Forward poetry prize for Human Chain, a volume that was inspired by his experiences after a stroke.

The poet was born to a farming family at Mossbawn near Bellaghy in Co Derry on 13 April 1939, the eldest of nine children.

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

He is survived by his wife Marie and children Christopher, Michael and Catherine Ann.

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.

Last month it was reported 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.



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.