SEAMUS HEANEY LITERARY TOUR
Coming summer 2018 - please email us to book in advance
Seamus Heaney was one of Ireland's best loved public figures and one of the world's greatest writers. Take a bespoke guided tour of his native South Derry, to find out more about the people, places and countryside that inspired one of the worlds greatest ever poets.
Begin this unique and absorbing tour at the award winning Laurel Villa Townhouse in Magherafelt, Ireland's only poetry guesthouse. Your guide is Eugene Kielt an experienced Blue Badge tour guide who has been conducting specialist tours of Heaney Country for many years. Browse the Seamus Heaney Exhibition at Laurel Villa and view the rare Heaney special editions and memorabilia relating to the great man.
You will be able to see his birthplace at Mossbawn and retrace the footsteps of the young Seamus Heaney on his way to school in the 1940s.
Your tour will bring you to places synonymous with Seamus Heaney, including the villages of Castledawson, Bellaghy and Toome. Along the way you will visit The Turf Man, a life-size representation of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's most famous poem Digging as well as a number of key places from the poet's 'first world' that were to provide the inspiration for much of his work.
Step into Seamus Heaney HomePlace and begin your journey through the life and literature of the poet and Nobel Laureate.
Standing at the heart of the place and a people which so inspired him, HomePlace includes a stunning exhibition which interprets Seamus Heaney’s work. The entire space over two floors is filled with personal stories and artefacts, dozens of family photographs, video recordings from friends, neighbours and cultural figures, and the voice of the poet himself reading his own words.
A special tour for literature and poetry lovers and for anyone interested in living history. Join us and follow in the footsteps of this legendary Irishman. This is a private small-group 7-hour tour from Belfast or by prior arrangement from anywhere in Ireland. Discover the work of the great Irish writer as you explore his home and visit his final resting place in Bellaghy.
'History says, don’t hope on this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime the longed-for tidal wave of justice
can rise up and hope and history rhyme'
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