Earlier the great and the good of Ireland, encompassing the president, political figures, poets and other artists, bade farewell at a funeral service in Dublin.The Irish President, Michael Higgins, himself a published poet, attended along with the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, and the former president Mary Mc Aleese.The Monsignor said a spirit of optimism lived in much of his work, which he believed was his inheritance from the troubled past.
He bounced me off, like snow off a plough or whatever.
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Monsignor Bernard Devlin told the congregation: “As a country, we are keenly aware of our deprivation at the disappearance from among us of Seamus Heaney.” During the service one of his sons, Michael Heaney, revealed that his father’s last words, sent as a text message to his wife Marie minutes before he died, were “nolle timere”, Latin meaning “don’t be afraid”.
Heaney was lauded as a man who, despite his celebrity, had never lost the common touch.
Fellow poet Paul Muldoon described him as big-hearted, bounteous and – to the surprise of many – “bouncy”.
Recalling playing football against Heaney, he said: “I have to tell you that I speak, humbly, as someone who has been shoulder-charged by Seamus Heaney. By the end of David Ireland’s disturbing and absurdist play about the complexity of Ulster loyalist identity it’s tracked with mud and stained with blood. This Abbey Theatre and Royal Court co-production is the kind of play you could sit and pick at for hours.Chris Corrigan (Slim) and Stephen Rea (Eric) in Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland @ Royal Court, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. (Opening 07-04-16) ©Tristram Kenton 04/16 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 02 Mob 07973 617 355)email: [email protected] times Vicky Featherstone’s production resembles a brutal skit on the export of Irish culture, but at its best it’s altogether more long-limbed and questioning. Rea handles the play’s shifts in tone and register superbly – he’s appalling but he’s also appallingly plausible, a melancholy and desperate man. His paranoia is such that he even believes his five-week old granddaughter is in on things – he’s convinced she looks like Gerry Adams in miniature and tests this theory by drawing a little beard on her tiny baby face in marker pen. Stephen Rea plays a Belfast man who is worried that Protestant Unionist culture and identity will soon cease to exist, and that everyone will become a “Fenian.” Could it be that he is both Irish and British, and if so what does that mean for his sense of self?Bono, the Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton from the band U2 topped a list of names from the world of music, arts and entertainment.