Monday, 20 April 2009

Heaney Honoured on 70th Birthday

BeowulfOn April 13th, RTÉ and the Irish Museum of Modern Art hosted an event to celebrate Seamus Heaney's 70th birthday at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Minister for Arts Sport and tourism Martin Cullen congratulated Mr Heaney and applauded his contribution to cultural life. “Seamus Heaney has made and continues to make an extraordinary contribution to our cultural life and has made us all extraordinarily proud of his wonderfully creative genius, which has been acknowledged around the globe” Minister Cullen said. Born in Bellaghy, County Derry, Heaney’s first collection of poems was Death Of A Naturalist, which appeared in 1966. His subsequent poetry, criticism and translations, including Beowulf in 1999, have helped to establish him as one of the leading poets now at work. Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995 for what the Nobel committee described as “works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past”. Earlier this month a life-size bronze sculpture depicting one of his most famous poems, "Digging", was unveiled at his birthplace in the village of Bellaghy. And last month Heaney also received the David Cohen Prize for Literature, which honours a living writer from the British Isles for a lifetime’s achievement in literature. An exhibition featuring an extensive display of books on which Heaney collaborated will open to the public at IMMA tomorrow and run until June 14. Admission is free.

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