A Modest Gentleman Who Represented the Good Things

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Hundreds sign books of condolences while fellow-poets pay tribute to Heaney.

  • Title
    Hundreds Sign Books of Condolences for Heaney
  • 1st Broadcast
    02/09/2013
  • Contributor
    Sharon Ní Bheoláin (Newsreader)
    Helen Donohue (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:31
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    A Modest Gentleman Who Represented the Good Things
  • Extended description

    On the day of Heaney's funeral, hundreds of people signed books of condolences in Dublin, Derry and Belfast. Reporter Helen Donohue says that people felt they knew him through his poetry. They describe him as modest, a gentleman, and someone who represented the good things in this difficult time for Ireland.

    Heaney's poetry was read in schools today, including his poem 'Mid-Term Break', about the death of his brother Christopher while Seamus was away at school. Outside the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook, fellow-poets paid tribute. According to Gabriel Rosenstock, Heaney brought beauty and meaning back to our world. Anthony Cronin considers him "a very special and remarkable human being".

  • Information

    An RTÉ News report on the death of Seamus Heaney.

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Death, Funeral, Condolences, Tributes, Mid-Term Break, Gabriel Rosenstock, Liam Carson, Anthony Cronin, Helen Donohue, Sharon Ní Bheoláin
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    2013
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    13LTO28
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    16:9 (widescreen)
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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