The poetry of Seamus Heaney is known around the world
He first came to public attention in the mid-1960s. He is pictured here with a copy of his book 'The Haw Lantern' shortly after it was published in 1987 (Pic: RTÉ Stills Library)
Writers Brian Friel and Mr Heaney pictured sitting in St Stephen's Green, Dublin in November 1982 (Pic: RTÉ Stills Library)
Seamus Heaney with the Nobel Prize for Literature he received from Sweden's King Carl Gustav XVI in 1995
President Mary Robinson congratulates Mr Heaney shortly after the announcement of his Nobel Prize win (Pic: RTÉ Stills Library)
Heaney's upbringing, and later The Troubles in Northern Ireland, often played out in the poetry he wrote (Pic: RTÉ Stills Library)
The poet was photographed in his Sandymount home for the RTÉ Guide in March 2009 (Pic: RTÉ Stills Library)
Seamus Heaney read a poem as part of a celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of John F Kennedy's visit to Wexford earlier this year
The Nobel laureate shares a joke with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Wexford event in June
Former US president Bill Clinton tweeted this picture of him and the poet after hearing of his death
The writer is survived by his wife Marie and children Christopher, Michael and Catherine Ann
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