In Memory of the late Seamus Heaney R.I.P.


Aug 30, 2013  | Tags: News

​It was with great sense of loss and deep sadness that the president, council, staff and members of the Yeats Society learnt of the death of poet and nobel laureate, Seamus Heaney this morning. It was just a few short weeks ago that Seamus read from his work at the 2013 Yeats International Summer School. The Society always appreciated his friendship, generosity of spirit and dedication to the school over many decades. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Marie and his family. May he rest in peace!


It is with great sadness that the Yeats Society, Sligo has learned of the passing of Seamus Heaney.

The Society wishes to extend sincere sympathy to his wife, Marie and children Christopher, Michael, and Catherine Ann.

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 today 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.

Ireland has lost a great man. The Yeats Society Sligo has lost a great friend.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis