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Monday 21 October 2019

Exhibition to mark Heaney's 80th year

To mark what would have been Seamus Heaney's 80th birthday, Ashford Community and Heritage Centre will hold a six-day exhibition focusing on the acclaimed poet's connection with the village.

The Derry poet and Nobel laureate spent much of his time writing in Glanmore and was instrumental in helping to raise funds for the establishment of Ashford Community and Heritage Centre.

In 2007, handwritten drafts of poem he donated to an auction in aid of the centre fetched €27,000.

'We are very lucky to be able to host this exhibition,' said Sheila Clarke of Ashford Community and Heritage Centre. 'It is a great privilege to be able to host this exhibition and it provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the close connections Seamus had with Ashford.'

The exhibition runs from Saturday, April 13, to Thursday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

There will be photographs, manuscripts, poems and essays written by people from the local community on display, as well as a screening of Seamus and Marie Heaney reading in the Holy Rosary Church, Ashford, in July 2012 and the RTE documentary 'Out of the Marvellous'.

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