Irish president and taoiseach and members of U2 are among those remembering ‘great democrat’ at Dublin serviceSeamus Heaney was a “great democrat” who could mix with kings, presidents and the ordinary people of his native County Derry, mourners at the poet’s funeral were told on Monday.The Nobel laureate’s friend Monsignor Brendan Devlin said Heaney “could speak to the King of Sweden or an Oxford don or a South Derry neighbour in the directness of a common and shared humanity”.Devlin, who is a family friend, said the Heaney circle were suffering an “immeasurable sense of loss” over the 74-old-poet’s death last week.Rock stars mixed with presidents and prime ministers, politicians, poets and painters as around 1,000 people packed into the Heaney family’s parish church in the Donnybrook district of south Dublin.Among those filing into the Church of the Sacred Heart were the four members of U2: Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, along with their partners. They were joined by the president of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, the taoiseach, Enda Kenny, his deputy prime minister Eamon Gilmore and the former president Mary McAleese. Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams represented Sinn Féin at the funeral.Other mourners included the former Beirut …read more

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