When the announcement was made public, the poet and his wife Marie were on holidays in Greece and could not be found. In Ireland there was huge delight at the win and the Heaneys' children, Michael, Christopher and Catherine, were inundated with calls from around the world seeking the new Nobel laureate.
The accompanying image shows broadcaster David Hanly and Seamus Heaney in an RTÉ Radio studio several days after the announcement of the Nobel Prize. The photographer was John Rowe. © RTÉ Archives 2265/048
Unable to locate Heaney, 'Morning Ireland' speak to Harvard president Neil Rudenstine about the poet's Nobel win.
Heaney's children and others in Dublin talk about the poet's win.
Heaney's family, friends and neighbours react to the news that he has won the Nobel prize
Heaney is interviewed in Greece, where he was unaware of all the excitement.
Heaney steps off the plane to be greeted by a crowd including the Taoiseach and Swedish ambassador.
President Mary Robinson welcomes Heaney to Áras an Uachtaráin.
Seamus and Marie Heaney tell Gay Byrne how they heard the news.
Heaney is presented with the Nobel Prize for Literature.