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Postscript for Heaney from Clare

Just two weeks after his gentle voice hushed an audience in Glór, County Clare has been paying tributes to literary giant Seamus Heaney. The 74-year-old Nobel Laureate died in hospital in Dublin on Friday after a short illness. He was in Clare with friend and fellow poet Michael Longley as part of the Merriman Summer School last month. Clare Labour TD Michael McNamara paid tribute to the late poet, saying his death is a loss for Ireland. “However, he will always live through his poetry and his ability to speak to the heart with compassion and the understanding of a seer,” he said. Deputy McNamara also spoke about the impact of the poet and his work on him personally. “Seamus Heaney influenced generations of young people who studied him at school or who read his poetry for other reasons. When I once had occasion to meet him as a student, I found him kind, warm and considerate with none of …

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