Heaney talks to students of
(University College Dublin), 2009
|Born||13 April 1939
Castledawson, Northern Ireland
|Died||30 August 2013 (aged 74)
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
|Awards||Nobel Prize in Literature 1995
T. S. Eliot Prize 2006
Early life[change | edit source]
Heaney was born on 13 April 1939 at the family farmhouse called Mossbawn, in Northern Ireland. His parents were Patrick and Sarah Heaney, and Seamus was the first of nine children. Patrick was a farmer, but his main business was selling cattle. Sarah Heaney was called Sarah McCann before she married Patrick Heaney, and her relations worked to make cloth in the linen industry. Heaney said it was important part of his background that his parents came from different parts of Irish life: the cattle-herding Gaelic past and the Ulster of the Industrial Revolution.
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- Frängsmyr, Editor Tore. "Nobel Lecture". http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1995/heaney-lecture.html. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
- "A Note on Seamus Heaney". inform.orbitaltec.ne. http://inform.orbitaltec.net/heaney/. Retrieved 2009-04-20. "Seamus Heaney was born on 13 April 1939, the first child of Patrick and Margaret Kathleen Heaney (née McCann), who then lived on a fifty-acre farm called Mossbawn, in the townland of Tamniarn, County Derry, Northern Ireland."
- Nobel Prize Heaney Biography. Retrieved 2010-05-23.