Irish poet and playwright Seamus Heaney has died at the age of 74. He was born to a farming family at Mossbawn near Bellaghy in Co Derry on 13 April, 1939. Educated at St Columb's College Catholic boarding school, he later studied at Queen's University Belfast, before making his home in Dublin, with periods of teaching in the United States. The recipient of numerous prizes, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. At 6pm on Liz Nolan's Classic Drive to mark the passing of Seamus Heaney, a repeat of our programme “The Real and the Imaginary” presented by Eoin O’Kelly. This features Heaney’s work in light of his own public statements on the relationship between poetry and reality, and traces the evolution of his art since the publication of his first major collection Death of A Naturalist in the mid 1960s. The poet and his poetry in his own words.
Classic Drive Leeside on Friday the 13th
Well we're certainly not superstitious travelling to Cork on Friday 13th. There is so much happening in music and the arts down South that the Classic Drive team have decided to make a monthly visit over spring to investigate. We had a great time on our first foray South with two wonderful guests. Percussionist and NCH Rising Star 2015 Alex Petcu-Colan was a gentleman and great musicians while singer Laoise O'Hanlon is a revelation - keep an eye out for both of them and catch them in concert if you can.