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Huge crowds honour Seamus Heaney

The HomePlace centre dedicated to the life and memory of Seamus Heaney has proved a major attraction since it opened in his native Co Derry a year ago this week.

Over 40,000 people have so far visited the complex, on the site of the former Bellaghy police station, travelling as we reported yesterday from as far away as New Zealand and Japan..

Admirers of the late Nobel laureate, who died in 2013 and is buried in the nearby St Mary's cemetery, have been able to view artefacts, photographs and other exhibits reflecting his work.

With a range of further events planned for the coming months, it all represents a fitting tribute to one of Ireland's most important literary figures.

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