Marian Finucane

Seamus Heaney: Out of the Marvellous

RTÉ One, 10.15pm on Tuesday 14th April

Seamus Heaney: Out of the Marvellous is both intimate and all-embracing, a fresh and original look at the man and the artist. The film explores the key personal relationship in Heaney's life, that with his wife Marie, and follows him to Harvard, New York and London, to readings, signings and public interviews. This joyful and penetrating documentary digs deep into the rich store of Heaney's poetry to reveal a man who has lived his life fully, who has used his gifts to give expression to the great themes in all our lives of love, loss and longing; and who has managed, as a man and as a writer, to combine the simplicity of a farmer's son from County Derry with the sophistication of a major artist.
Directed by Charlie McCarthy.
Produced by Clíona Ní Bhuachalla.
An Icebox Films production for RTÉ.

Seamus Heaney: Out of the Marvellous DVD

Seamus Heaney: Out of the Marvellous DVD

Available to purchase from Friday 17th April at

RTÉ Television also releases a full feature-length DVD of RTÉ's Arts Lives profile Seamus Heaney: Out of the Marvellous, available in shops nationwide and also online at from April 17.

Heaney with his wife Marie

Charlie McCarthy : The Director's Cuts

I was very nervous at the thought of interviewing Seamus Heaney for this film. I needn't have been. One of his many personal skills . . . more Charlie McCarthy on the making of the documentary