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Seamus Heaney poetry to be displayed on public transport

A selection of Seamus Heaney's poetry is being brought to commuters across the country. The Natio...
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

20.38 8 Apr 2019


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Seamus Heaney poetry to be dis...

Seamus Heaney poetry to be displayed on public transport

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

20.38 8 Apr 2019


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A selection of Seamus Heaney's poetry is being brought to commuters across the country.

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has launched the special two-week campaign, on what would have been his 80th birthday.

Five poems have been selected and made available on public transport.

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They will be displayed on Irish Rail, Bus √Čireann, Dublin Bus and Luas.

The campaign runs from April 13th until April 20th.

The poems are 'The Clothes Shrine', 'Postscript', 'The Railway Children', 'Route 110, III' and 'Squarings xxxi'.

All five poems refer to travel, transport or the bustle of daily life.

Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, died in Dublin in August 2013.

Director of the NLI, Dr Sandra Collins, said: "Seamus Heaney is one of Ireland's greatest and most-loved writers, and we are delighted to bring a selection of his poetry to anyone commuting to work or school, or travelling for leisure.

"In his poetry, Seamus Heaney demonstrated a remarkable ability to reveal the wonderful in the ordinary, and we hope this campaign will allow people to take a break, put down their phones and take a moment to enjoy Heaney's words.

"We also warmly invite everyone to learn more about Heaney and his work at 'Listen Now Again', the National Library's free exhibition at the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre on Westmoreland Street."

Main image: Seamus Heaney arrives to open the McClay Library at Queen's University, Belfast in 2010 | Image: Paul Faith/PA Archive/PA Images


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