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Seamus Heaney MRIA 1939-2013 - A Very Special Academician

 

news 30 August 20134:00

A slideshow of Seamus Heaney's contributions to the RIA

Seamus Heaney was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 1996. From the very beginning he was very generous in his contribution to the life of the Academy. Here is a small sample of that contribution:

In 1997 he presented the poem ‘Colmcille the Scribe’ to the Academy library. It is a translation of ‘Sgith mo crob on scríbinn’. This Irish poem of three stanzas is found in Oxford Bodleian MS Laud 615 at p.55.

Tom Arnold, Seamas Heaney and Charles Rosenberg

Tom Arnold, Seamas Heaney and Charles Rosenberg

In 2003 his article Eclogues In Extremis: On Staying the Power of the Pastoral was published in Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Section C, vol. 103C (1), 2003. Click here to read the article.

In 2008 he was awarded the Academy’s Cunningham Medal. Read his speech and Paul Muldoon’s poem to mark that occasion by clicking here.

Cunningham Medal 2008

Cunningham Medal 2008

Northern Approaches was his address on the transformative powers of poetry to the Stated Meeting on 16th March 2008. The address is available to read by clicking here.

Seamus Heaney Launching the Dictionary of Irish Biography in Belfast in 2009.

Seamus Heaney Launching the Dictionary of Irish Biography in Belfast in 2009.

In 2012 the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Literatures in English hosted a public interview with Seamus Heaney and Olivia O’Leary entitled The Isle is Full of Noises. An audio recording from the interview is available below.



Recently Seamus gave a speech at the launch of A History of Ireland in 100 Objects on 20 March, 2013. Click here to read the speech.

Seamus Heaney at the 100 Objects Launch

Seamus Heaney at the 100 Objects Launch

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