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Seamus Heaney tribute is given the stamp of approval

By Brian Hutton

The family of the late poet Seamus Heaney have said they are immensely moved by the issuing of a special postage stamp marking a year since his death.

The commemorative 68c stamp brought out by the Republic's mail service An Post features a black and white portrait of the Nobel laureate. The picture was taken by the renowned Irish photographer John Minihan, who also captured the images of Samuel Beckett, Edna O'Brien, Andy Warhol and Lady Diana.

A specially commissioned envelope also on sale is inscribed with an extract of Heaney's 1969 poem Bogland. Michael Heaney, Seamus's son, said it was a rare honour which commemorated his father's life. "We are immensely moved that An Post has chosen to mark dad's memory with the issue of this stamp," he said.

"This is not only a wonderful testament to his life and work, but also a reminder of the generosity and support people have shown since dad's passing."

Heaney, from Co Londonderry, died on August 30 last year.

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