30th August 2013
The Society, and the Yeats International Summer School in particular, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Seamus for his contribution to the school extending over 40 years; he provided a reading of his poetry at the school last month and also in 2012.
In listening to tributes in the media the terms ‘genius’, ‘greatness’, ‘a true poet’ have been uttered by many national figures, and the Society easily identifies with all of these words. But most of all we in Sligo who had the great honour to meet with him and his wife Marie on his many visits to Sligo, remember the man, his humanity, his humility, his ability to meet and relate to people and that greatest of all skills - his ability to identify himself with individuals, lecturers, poets and most of all students, and empower them to pursue their dreams and live their lives to the full.
A book of condolence in memory of Seamus Heaney was opened at the Yeats Memorial Building on Monday 2nd September. People from all over the country passed through the doors of the Yeats Exhibition Hall to sign the book throughout the week. Many of those who came simply signed their name, others wrote poems or recorded memories! Many people sent emails and commented on this website page. These emails and website messages will be added to the book of condolence which will be presented to Seamus's family.
The Yeats Society will be hosting a day of remembrance for Seamus Heaney on Monday 30th September 2013. The day will begin with a Memorial Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo at 10.30am. Following the Mass, the Yeats Memorial Building will be open from 11.00am until 3.00pm to facilitate people who may wish to recall memories, tell stories, recite poetry or watch a video of Seamus reading from his poetry during the 2013 Summer School at the Hawks Well Theatre. There will also be an opportunity to sign a book of condolence on the day which will be presented to Seamus' wife, Marie and children Christopher, Michael, and Catherine Ann.