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Man for all: Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney

Man for all: Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney

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Man for all: Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney

How depressing that, of all the things which might cause contention in plans to commemorate Northern Ireland's centenary, it's an image of Nobel Prize-winning poet, Bellaghy man Seamus Heaney.

While Queen's University confirmed it granted permission for reproduction of the portrait in glossy brochures, it's not clear if the NIO sought the approval of the family before associating him with the branding.

That would be a no-brainer, so if the NIO hasn't had the courtesy to talk to the Heaney family, then that's lamentable. If anyone "owns" Seamus Heaney, it is his wife and children.


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