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Huge anticipation surrounds Seamus Heaney centre

The Seamus Heaney Home Place centre, which is at an advanced stage of construction in Co Derry, promises to be a hugely appropriate way to commemorate the late Nobel laureate.

As we reported yesterday, the impressive building on the outskirts of Bellaghy will house a permanent exhibition featuring artefacts, photographs and recordings linked to the life and works of Mr Heaney.

The internationally acclaimed poet, who died in 2013 at the age of 74, is buried in the village where he spent his formative years and maintained a close association with down the decades.

Thousands of visitors from Ireland and abroad are likely to be drawn to the complex when it opens with a special programme of events later this year, and the public funds allocated to the £4m project represent money well spent.

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