Impromptu Gathering at Seamus Heaney's Grave

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Danny Quinn describes a late-night visit to Heaney's grave.

  • Title
    Danny Quinn on a Gathering at Heaney's Grave
  • 1st Broadcast
    04/09/2013
  • Contributor
    Miriam O'Callaghan (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:41
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    The John Murray Show with Miriam
  • Clip title
    Impromptu Gathering at Seamus Heaney's Grave
  • Extended description

    The night of Seamus Heaney's funeral, former Derry footballer Danny Quinn went to Seamus Heaney's grave in Bellaghy to pay his respects. There he found a harpist playing and a number of people sitting and chatting, sharing memories of Heaney. Quinn tells Miriam O'Callaghan it was a surreal experience.

    As headmaster of Anahorish Primary School, Quinn had invited Heaney to visit the school in 2007. Heaney himself had attended the school, which inspired the poem 'Anahorish'. After visiting all the classes, he gave the school a signed copy of the poem. To O'Callaghan, this is yet another example of the stories of Heaney's giving and kindness, which have been shared over the past few days.

  • Information

    ‘The John Murray Show’ is an entertainment, human interest and lifestyle programme on RTÉ Radio 1, broadcast every weekday morning from 9.00 to 10.00 am. It was first broadcast on 6 September 2010.

    Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan presented ‘The John Murray Show’ for six months in 2013 while John Murray was on leave.

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Death, Funeral, Graveside, Danny Quinn, Bellaghy, Derry, Anahorish Primary School, Miriam O'Callaghan
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    2013
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    PIA
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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