Veteran musician Paul Simon has teamed up with U2 rockers Bono and The Edge to help fund a special memorial to late poet Seamus Heaney at Ireland's Dublin Airport. Simon was the guest of honour on Wednesday (23Apr14) as he joined a group of Heaney's friends and family members at the airport's Terminal 2 and officially unveiled a large Aubusson tapestry, titled Out of The Marvellous, designed by artist Peter Sis and commissioned by Amnesty International bosses to honour the memory of the acclaimed writer, who was a longtime supporter of the human rights organisation.
Simon, Bono and The Edge each donated 10,000 Euros ($13,844/£8,653) to help fund the colourful 60,000 Euro ($83,064/£51,915) piece, which features a tiny creature floating in the blue sky clinging on to a parachute in the shape of an open book, lined with the words of Heaney's Lightenings viii.
Speaking at the presentation, Simon said, "How wonderful that the memory of Seamus Heaney be celebrated with a work of art. It speaks not only to the great affection with which his country holds him but also to a love of poetry that is a sacred part of the Irish soul. Travellers would do well to carry Seamus Heaney's words with them as they journey around the globe. He was, truly, a poet for all the world."
Heaney died last summer (13) and the U2 bandmates were among the mourners at his funeral in September (13).
Rockers U2 and Hollywood actor Stephen Rea turned out in Dublin, Ireland on Monday (02Sep13) to pay their respects to award-winning poet Seamus Heaney at his funeral. Singer Bono was joined by his wife Ali Hewson and bandmates The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen, Jr. at the memorial service.
Other dignitaries in attendance included Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, Irish President Michael D. Higgins, and Paddy Moloney, frontman of folk rockers The Chieftans.
During the service at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin, a book of Heaney's work was taken to the altar, and his fellow writer Peter Fallon read Heaney's poem The Given Note.
Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, died in a hospital on Friday (30Aug13) after he was admitted for treatment following a fall.
He will be buried later on Monday in his native Bellaghy, Northern Ireland.
Award-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney has died at the age of 74. The acclaimed writer, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, passed away on Friday (30Aug13) after a battle with ill health.
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Born in Northern Ireland in 1939, Heaney grew up on a farm before leaving for Belfast and taking up a career as a teacher while expanding his interest in poetry. His first published works appeared in 1962, and he released his first book, Eleven Poems, in 1965.
He went on to become one of the most revered poets of the 20th Century and also combined his writing with periods as a lecturer in the U.S.
Awarding him a Nobel Prize in 1995, the committee members praised Heaney's "works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past". During his career, Heaney was also handed the E. M. Forster Award, the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Golden Wreath of Poetry, and two acclaimed Whitbread Prizes.
The painter died at his home in Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday (25Apr12) after a long battle with ill health.
Self-taught, Le Brocquy came to prominence thanks to his acclaimed portraits of literary figures W.B. Yeats, James Joyce and his friends Samuel Beckett, Francis Bacon and Seamus Heaney.
U2 frontman Bono commissioned Le Brocquy to paint his portrait in 1990.
His work was exhibited across the world, in museums including the Tate Modern in London and the Guggenheim in New York. He was the only living artist to see his work included in the Permanent Irish Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland.
Le Brocquy is survived by his wife and two sons.