Irish poet Seamus Heaney dies aged 74
on 30/08/2013 11:20:31
Heaney was reported to have been in ill health for some time at his home in Sandymout, south Dublin.
Heaney is survivied by his wife Marie and his three children. The Heaney family are expected to issue a statement on his death later.
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, and his upbringing often played out in the poetry he wrote in later years.
In later years he lived in Dublin.
He first began writing poetry in the early 1960s, when he was a young teacher in Belfast.
The poet published his first major collection, Death of a Naturalist, in 1966, the same year in which he was appointed a lecturer in Queens University Belfast.
Heaney went on to publish several more collections including Wintering Out and Selected Poems before winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, joining Irish writers Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw, and WB Yeats."
More to follow.