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Sculpture tribute in Heaney's Dublin home

BY Alan O'Keeffe

Published 09/06/2016

Marie Heaney and her brother-in-law Hugh Heaney, the brother of poet laureate Seamus Heaney, attend the unveiling of a bust in honour of her late husband in Sandymount Green, Dublin
Marie Heaney and her brother-in-law Hugh Heaney, the brother of poet laureate Seamus Heaney, attend the unveiling of a bust in honour of her late husband in Sandymount Green, Dublin

Poet Seamus Heaney has been remembered with an "elegant" sculpture at Sandymount Green in Dublin.

Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh thanked the Arts Council for giving the bust on loan. Marie Heaney, widow of the Nobel Prize winner, his brothers Don and Hugh and other family members attended the unveiling in Dublin. The Heaney family lived for many years in Sandymount.

Poet Paul Durcan, a local resident who was a long-time friend, quoted lines from Heaney's and his own works in a warm tribute to the poet.

Sheila Pratschke, who is the chair of the Arts Council, said it was fitting that he is remembered with an "elegant and sensitive" sculpture by Carolyn Mulholland.

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