Monday, September 2, 2013

Seamus Heaney's funeral takes place in Dublin

Mourners outside church after Seamus Heaney's funeral
Large crowds attended Seamus Heaney's funeral in Dublin
The funeral of renowned poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney has taken place in Dublin.

Bono and U2, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and Irish President Michael D Higgins were among the mourners in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook.

He will be buried later in his native Bellaghy, in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Heaney, acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, died on Friday aged 74.

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell and former Irish president Mary McAleese also attended the service.

Bono and Ali Hewson
Bono and his wife Ali Hewson, and the other three members of U2 are among those in attendance

'Final words'

The mourners were led by the poet's widow, Marie, and their three children, Christopher, Michael and Catherine Ann. In an emotional tribute, his son Michael said the family had drawn strength from the many messages of support they had received in the days since his father's death was announced. "His generosity in spirit as well as obvious gifts as poet left everyone who met him feeling lucky to have known him," he said. Michael Heaney also revealed details of the poet's final words to his wife of almost 50 years. "In his last few words, in a text message he wrote to my mother minutes before he passed away, were in his beloved Latin, and they read: 'Noli timere', don't be afraid." Monsignor Brendan Devlin, principal celebrant, said the family were suffering an "immeasurable sense of loss".

Larry and Edge at Heaney`s funeral

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