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The coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at St Marys Church Bellaghy, in Co Londonderry where he will be buried. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam Paul Faith/PA Wire

The coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at St Marys Church Bellaghy, in Co Londonderry where he will be buried. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam Paul Faith/PA Wire

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People watch the remains of Seamus Heaney, being carried for burial at St Mary's Chiurch, Bellaghy, in Co Londonderry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

People watch the remains of Seamus Heaney, being carried for burial at St Mary's Chiurch, Bellaghy, in Co Londonderry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

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The family of  Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney, carry his coffin at St Marys Church Bellaghy, in Co Londonderry where he will be buried. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The family of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney, carry his coffin at St Marys Church Bellaghy, in Co Londonderry where he will be buried. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

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Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.
John Hume.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday. John Hume.

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Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

People watch the remains of Seamus Heaney, being carried for burial at St Mary's Chiurch, Bellaghy, in Co Londonderry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

People watch the remains of Seamus Heaney, being carried for burial at St Mary's Chiurch, Bellaghy, in Co Londonderry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

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Marie Heaney (centre) the widow of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney accompanied by daughter Catherine Ann, walk behind his coffin as it is  carried at St Marys Church Bellaghy, in Co Londonderry where he will be buried. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Marie Heaney (centre) the widow of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney accompanied by daughter Catherine Ann, walk behind his coffin as it is carried at St Marys Church Bellaghy, in Co Londonderry where he will be buried. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire

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The family of  Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney, carry his coffin at St Mary's Church Bellaghy

The family of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney, carry his coffin at St Mary's Church Bellaghy

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©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September  2013 - 
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Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September  2013 - 
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September  2013 - 
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.
Seamus Heaney's widow, Marie.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday. Seamus Heaney's widow, Marie.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September  2013 - 
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September  2013 - 
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September  2013 - 
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.
Seamus Heaney's son, Michael.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday. Seamus Heaney's son, Michael.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September  2013 - 
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.
Seamus Heaney's son, Michael.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday. Seamus Heaney's son, Michael.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September  2013 - 
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September  2013 - 
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.
Seamus Heaney's widow, Marie.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday. Seamus Heaney's widow, Marie.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September  2013 - 
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.
Seamus Heaney's widow, Marie.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday. Seamus Heaney's widow, Marie.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September  2013 - 
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September  2013 - 
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September  2013 - 
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September  2013 - 
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September  2013 - 
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.
Seamus Heaney's widow, Marie.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday. Seamus Heaney's widow, Marie.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September  2013 - 
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry.
Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday.
Seamus Heaney's widow, Marie.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 2nd September 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is laid to rest in his native Bellaghy in County Londonderry. Acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, the 74-year-old died in a Dublin hospital on Friday. Seamus Heaney's widow, Marie.

The coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney is carried from the Church of the Scared Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin by his sons Michael (left), Christopher (right). PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney is carried from the Church of the Scared Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin by his sons Michael (left), Christopher (right). PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Marie Heaney (left) the widow of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney accompanied by daughter Catherine Ann as they leave the Church of the Scared Heart in  Donnybrook, Dublin after the funeral mass. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Marie Heaney (left) the widow of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney accompanied by daughter Catherine Ann as they leave the Church of the Scared Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin after the funeral mass. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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A mourners lays his hands on the coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney before his funeral at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A mourners lays his hands on the coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney before his funeral at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Family flowers on the coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney after his funeral at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Family flowers on the coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney after his funeral at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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The coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney leaves the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin after his funeral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney leaves the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin after his funeral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Family flowers on the coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney after his funeral at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Family flowers on the coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney after his funeral at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Family flowers on the coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney before his funeral at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Family flowers on the coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney before his funeral at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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U2 frontman Bono with his wife Alison Houston, attend the funeral of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

U2 frontman Bono with his wife Alison Houston, attend the funeral of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Irish President Michael D Higgins attends the funeral of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Irish President Michael D Higgins attends the funeral of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Family flowers on the coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney after his funeral at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Family flowers on the coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney after his funeral at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Former Pogue's frontman Shane MacGowan attends the funeral of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Former Pogue's frontman Shane MacGowan attends the funeral of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Deputy Leader of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuiness, speaks to Marie Heaney, after the funeral of her husband the Nobel Laureate poet  Seamus Heaney, at the Church of the Scared Heart in  Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Deputy Leader of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuiness, speaks to Marie Heaney, after the funeral of her husband the Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney, at the Church of the Scared Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Deputy Leader of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuiness after the funeral of the Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Church of the Scared Heart in  Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Deputy Leader of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuiness after the funeral of the Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Church of the Scared Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Marie Heaney after the funeral of her husband the Nobel Laureate poet  Seamus Heaney at the Church of the Scared Heart in  Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Marie Heaney after the funeral of her husband the Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Church of the Scared Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Actor Stephen Rea after the funeral of the Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Church of the Scared Heart in  Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Actor Stephen Rea after the funeral of the Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Church of the Scared Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Deputy Leader of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuiness and former Irish President Mary McAleese, speak with a priest after the funeral the Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney, at the Church of the Scared Heart in  Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Deputy Leader of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuiness and former Irish President Mary McAleese, speak with a priest after the funeral the Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney, at the Church of the Scared Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Irish President Michael D Higgins speaks to Marie Heaney after the funeral of her husband the Nobel Laureate poet  Seamus Heaney at the Church of the Scared Heart in  Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Irish President Michael D Higgins speaks to Marie Heaney after the funeral of her husband the Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Church of the Scared Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Leader of Fianna Fil, Micheal Martin,  after the funeral of the Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Church of the Scared Heart in  Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Leader of Fianna Fil, Micheal Martin, after the funeral of the Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Church of the Scared Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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English actor Dominic West after the funeral of the Nobel Laureate poet  Seamus Heaney at the Church of the Scared Heart in  Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

English actor Dominic West after the funeral of the Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Church of the Scared Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Singer and actress Bronagh Gallagher after the funeral of the Nobel Laureate poet  Seamus Heaney at the Church of the Scared Heart in  Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Singer and actress Bronagh Gallagher after the funeral of the Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Church of the Scared Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness attend the funeral of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness attend the funeral of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Irish Poet Peter Fallon attends the funeral of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Irish Poet Peter Fallon attends the funeral of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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U2's The Edge with band member Larry Mullin Jr (background) attend the funeral of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

U2's The Edge with band member Larry Mullin Jr (background) attend the funeral of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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A mourners attends the funeral of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A mourners attends the funeral of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in south Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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The coffin of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney at St Marys Church Bellaghy, in Co Londonderry where he will be buried. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 2, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Heaney. Photo credit should read: Liam Paul Faith/PA Wire

WE lost Seamus Heaney on Monday to the very earth about which he spoke so eloquently.

Unlike his brother, Christopher, whose life's journey was measured in feet, Seamus's can be measured in miles, thousands of them. His earthy words crossed all borders, physical and religious.

In my mind's eye, he sits among those literary lions inspired by the bleak soil – Yeats, McGahern, Kavanagh and Goldsmith.

Strange but interesting bedfellows, indeed.

AIDAN HAMPSON

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