10: Nobel Prize

In October 1995 Seamus Heaney became the fourth Irish writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

When the announcement was made public, the poet and his wife Marie were on holidays in Greece and could not be found. In Ireland there was huge delight at the win and the Heaneys' children, Michael, Christopher and Catherine, were inundated with calls from around the world seeking the new Nobel laureate.

The accompanying image shows broadcaster David Hanly and Seamus Heaney in an RTÉ Radio studio several days after the announcement of the Nobel Prize. The photographer was John Rowe. © RTÉ Archives 2265/048