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Seamus Heaney's family gives seal of approval to centre set up in his memory

By Rebecca Black

Published 17/05/2016

Seamus Heaney’s widow Marie at the HomePlace centre dedicated to the poet’s memory
Seamus Heaney’s widow Marie at the HomePlace centre dedicated to the poet’s memory
Marie Heaney with the couple’s children, Catherine, Michael and Christopher
Marie Heaney with poet Michael Longley
The HomePlace centre

Seamus Heaney's family have said the world renowned poet would have been proud of a centre set up in his memory.

The £4m HomePlace centre is being developed in the former police station in Bellaghy, Co Londonderry, to celebrate the life and work of the Nobel laureate.

It will include an exhibition space and a replica of Heaney's study where he wrote many of his famous works. It is expected to open in September.

Heaney's wife Marie, daughter Catherine and sons Christopher and Michael attended a special preview of the centre.

"It's been exciting to see it taking shape. We now look forward to filling this space with an imaginative and inspiring exhibition that will mark Dad's work and life ... we know he would have been proud at what we have seen and heard," Michael said.

Mid-Ulster District Council provided the bulk of the funding, with additional money from Stormont.

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