RTÉ Celebrates Seamus Heaney's Birthday

For Seamus Heaney's 70th birthday, RTÉ Radio has produced a landmark 15-CD box set of the poet reading his own Collected Poems, as well as a wide range of special programmes. RTÉ Television broadcasts and releases on DVD a new documentary on Heaney's life and work, and RTÉ Performing Groups has commissioned new music from three of Ireland's leading composers. Live radio programmes from a celebration on Monday 13th April, co-hosted by RTÉ and the Irish Museum of Modern Art with the support of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism, bring Seamus Heaney himself to a national and international audience, on an occasion for rejoicing by poets and their readers throughout the world.

"There is one important thing to say about poetry: you don't need to know a lot of it for it to have value and meaning in your life or the life of your society."

Seamus Heaney, Friends of Classics, 13th January 2004

(courtesy The Bloodaxe Book of Poetry Quotations, ed Dennis O'Driscoll, 2006)