03: From Belfast to Wicklow

Heaney leaves Belfast for Wicklow to concentrate on his writing.

After leaving St Columb's College in 1957, Seamus Heaney went to Queen's University Belfast, where he graduated with a first class honours degree. Seamus Heaney attended St Joseph's Teacher Training College, where he eventually became a lecturer. Heaney and a number of other young poets, including Derek Mahon and Michael Longley, met as the Belfast Group under the guidance of Philip Hobsbaum. Faber and Faber published his first collection of poetry, 'Death of a Naturalist', in 1966. The same year he was appointed lecturer at Queen's, but he left in 1972 and moved to Co. Wicklow to concentrate on his writing.