Tributes to Seamus Heaney flood Twitter
on 30/08/2013 13:53:54
Amnesty International Ireland is describing Seamus Heaney as a warm, generous and compassionate man who will be missed by not only those who knew him but those touched by his work.
The poet, playwright and Nobel Laureate passed away this morning in a Dublin hospital.
Seamus Heaney's family confirmed his death in a short statement.
The 74-year-old, originally from Co Derry who lived in Sandymount in Dublin, died at the Blackrock Clinic.
The world famous poet and playwright, who was awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature, had been ill for a short time.
He is survived by his wife Marie and his three children - Christopher, Michael and Catherine Ann.
Executive Director Colm O'Gorman said Heaney was a man whose empathy for the powerless and the marginalised was matched by his magnificent capacity to construct language which demanded a deep reflection on what it means to be human.
In 1985, Seamus Heaney wrote the poem 'From the Republic of Conscience' for Amnesty International to mark International Human Rights Day.
The Irish National Teachers Organisation said Seamus had made an indelible mark on Irish education, as well as the world of literature.
He began his career as a teacher before becoming a lecturer and was honoured by the INTO for his contribution to education in 2011.
In a statement INTO General Secretary Sheila Nunan said Heaney will be fondly remembered not only as a poet and a scholar but as a great teacher and teacher educator.
In the North, Jeffrey Donaldson of the DUP said Seamus Heaney brought international renown to the entire island.