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Seamus Heaney exhibition in Dublin celebrates poet's legacy

Seamus Heaney's wife Marie, daughter Catherine and sons Chris and Mick at the launch of Listen Now Again. Picture by Marc O'Sullivan
Brendan Hughes

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins yesterday launched a major new exhibition exploring the life, works and legacy of poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney.

Listen Now Again is the first exhibition to be housed in the new Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre at College Green in Dublin.

It features Heaney's original manuscripts together with letters, notebooks and photographs – as well as multi-media elements and newly commissioned artwork.

The exhibition showcases an extensive archive of the poet's documents donated to the National Library of Ireland (NLI) by the Heaney family in 2011.

Visitors will also get the chance to see his writing desk and other personal possessions loaned by the Heaney family.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Heaney's wife Marie said: "When he started to think about a long-term home for his manuscripts, Seamus knew that he wanted them to stay in Ireland, and to be available for consultation by scholars and general readers alike.

"And so, he donated his manuscripts and notebooks to the National Library of Ireland. I know he would be both amazed and delighted by what has been achieved with them."

Listen Now Again opens to the public tomorrow and will run until December 2021.

The free exhibition will be open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm as well as some Sundays.

Tickets are not expected to usually be required, but for the opening weekend visitors are advised to book a timeslot in advance at www.nli.ie/seamusheaney

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