Seamus Heaney, Irish
Poet : Exhibition & Tours
Poet Seamus Heaney is widely recognised as one of the major poets of the twentieth century. His is perhaps the most easily recognised face in Ireland and his work is lauded throughout the world by critics and the public alike. Laurel Villa is located in what has become known as Heaney country and we are just 3 miles from his birthplace at Mossbawn. Much of his poetry springs from this same area and it is to Heaney Country that people look for inspiration and understanding.
Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney Gives Special Reading at Laurel Villa
Laurel Villa owners Gerardine and Eugene
Kielt with Seamus Heaney
In June 2009 Seamus Heaney gave a memorable reading as a guest poet at Laurel Villa. Go to The Observer travel section to read a review of Laurel Villa and this event.
For information on the forthcoming On Home Ground Poetry Festival 2013 go to our
Events and Special offers page
Laurel Villa: Ireland's Only Poetry Guest House
"The standing army of Irish poets never falls below 20,000! "
proclaimed Patrick Kavanagh. You will come across the work of some of these, past and present, at Laurel Villa, including one of the world's leading poets, Seamus Heaney.
If you are a Heaney enthusiast or someone who is just interested in finding out a little bit
more about him and the area he came from … then Laurel Villa Guest
House is the place to stay. Our guest bedrooms are dedicated to the great Ulster poets MacNeice, Kavanagh, Longley and Heaney. Go to Our Guest Rooms to view.
Seamus Heaney Biography
Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 at Mossbawn, a farmhouse outside Castledawson,
just three miles from Laurel Villa. He is a poet of international
standing and his work has won numerous awards including the Noble Prize for
Literature, the Whitbread Award and more recently the T. S. Elliot
Award. He has written twelve collections of poetry, the most recent
of which is District and Circle. He is also a respected and prize-winning critic and
essayist and he has published his own versions of Greek plays and
the Middle English poem Beowulf. His work has been translated into
a number of languages and he himself has provided translations for
a number of other writers. From his very earliest poems, Seamus Heaney has displayed
a great feeling for and pride in his homeland and his poems
record his lovely childhood memories of it.
Seamus Heaney Exhibition and Poems
At Laurel Villa we have a unique Seamus Heaney Exhibition which
guests can avail of FREE. You will be inspired by the rare collection
of Heaney First Editions, Heaney Broadsides and Heaney ephemera. This guesthouse is a must for anyone who likes Seamus Heaney and his poems.
Seamus Heaney Tours
These are available on request and are led by Eugene who is a fully
qualified Blue Badge guide. The tours are tailored to meet the requirements
of the individual or group. While most are conducted for overnight
guests at Laurel Villa we also consider requests from non-resident
individuals and groups. Our guided tours take groups to places which
have an association with Seamus Heaney’s life and works. Among the
recent groups who have benefited from this experience is a group
from Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan. Student Asami Oka described it as an unforgettable experience and said that it provided her
with a really deep understanding of Heaney’s writings and indeed Heaney country.
To find out why our Seamus Heaney Tour has been judged one of The Guardian's 10 Best Outdoor Activities in Ireland read this Irish Times review
Tours of Heaney Country start at £60
Other Guided Tours can be provided upon request. Again these are
bespoke tours so each tour is tailored to meet your own requirements. We will be happy to provide a price quotation
There are many places of interest in the Magherafelt and Mid Ulster
area. Among them are Ardboe High Cross, Springhill House, Antrim
Round Tower, Bellaghy Bawn, Tirkane Sweathouse, Tirnony Dolmen,
Beaghmore Stone Circles and Church Island. Slieve Gallen to the west is another place of interest, as it has commanding
views over the whole area and it is reputed to be the burial place
of Colla, an early King of Ireland. It has been immortalised in
the popular local balled Slieve Gallen’s Brae. Seamus Heaney has
referred to it as one of the dream boundaries of his imagination.