Nobel prize-winning Northern Irish poet died this morning in a Dublin hospital after a short illnessIreland’s Nobel laureate, the poet Seamus Heaney, has died aged 74 in hospital in Dublin after a short illness, his publisher announced this morning.Heaney won the Nobel prize for literature in 1995 and was celebrated for his many collections of poetry during his lifetime. In 2010 he won the Forward poetry prize for Human Chain, for a volume of verse inspired by his experiences after a stroke; his earlier collection The Spirit Level was shortlisted in 1996, as was District and Circle in 2006.Heaney was born on a small farm near Toomebridge in County Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1939, “the eldest child of an ever-growing family”. In his Nobel address in Stockholm he spoke lovingly of his childhood in a three-roomed thatched farmhouse at Mossbawn where, in their early years, he and his siblings passed “a kind of den-life which was more or less emotionally and intellectually proofed against the outside world”.After attending boarding school at St Columb’s College in Derry city as a scholarship boy – a transition, as he has said, “from the earth of farm labour to the heaven of education” – …read more

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