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Approval for Seamus Heaney centre in Co Londonderry

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Plans for a new centre to commemorate Seamus Heaney have been given the go-ahead, it has been has announced.

The facility will be built on the site of a former police station in the late poet's native Bellaghy in Co Londonderry.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said he hoped the new centre would be a fitting tribute.

"As we approach the first anniversary of Seamus' passing, I hope that, through this centre, his spirit will continue to inspire everyone who come here to the heart of his home place," he said.

The Seamus Heaney Interpretive Centre will include exhibition areas, library, arts studio, a cafe and amphitheatre.

Heaney, awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, died last August aged 74.

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