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Seamus Heaney: book of condolence

Irish literary icon Seamus Heaney has died in Dublin aged 74

The Derry native, from Castledawson, won the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature 'for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past'.

He also earned numerous other honours. It is believed he had been suffering ill health for some time and had been living in Dublin.

His poems have been a staple of English classes all over Britain for generations.

His 1966 piece Digging, from Death of a Naturalist, was particularly famous, ending with the words: 'Between my finger and my thumb the squat pen rests. I’ll dig with it'.

His other collections, including Wintering Out, in 1972, North, 1975, Seeing Things in 1991, and Human Chain in 2010 were widely acclaimed.

Last year he was named in the top 25 living geniuses in the world.

Seamus Justin Heaney, poet and teacher: Mossbawn, Castledawson, Co Derry 13 April 1939; Professor of Poetry, Oxford University 1989–94; Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory, Harvard University (formerly Visiting Professor) 1985–97; Ralph Waldo Emerson Poet in Residence, Harvard University 1998–2007; Nobel Prize for Literature 1995; married 1965 Marie Devlin (two sons, one daughter); died Dublin 30 August 2013.

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