31 Aug 2013

Irish poet dead

6:53 am on 31 August 2013

Irish poet and translator Seamus Heaney died in Dublin on Friday morning.

Born in April 1939, he was the eldest of nine children on a small farm in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. His upbringing often played out in the poetry he wrote in later years when he lived in Dublin.

Heaney, 74, translated the epic poem, Beowulf, and won the 1995 Nobel Prize for literature.

His 2010 collection The Human Chain was written after he had a stroke and the central poem, Miracle, was directly inspired by his illness.

Heaney was an honorary fellow at Trinity College, Dublin. The BBC reports he was regarded by many as the best Irish poet since WB Yeats.