In a tribute delivered from the pulpit, one of Heaney’s three children revealed his final words: a text message from his hospital bed to his wife, Marie. Michael Heaney said the words, “written a few minutes before he passed away, were in his beloved Latin. And they read: `Noli timere.’ Don’t be afraid.” That revelation opened a ripple of tears in the audience, including from Marie and only daughter Catherine in the front row beside the flower-topped coffin. — Shawn Pogatchnik

 

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Seamus Heaney 1939-2013

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“A great oak has fallen. A lot of people sheltered in the amplitude of the leaf and light and shade of the oak that was Seamus. He expanded our idea of what poetry is and can be,” Dorgan said in an interview.

Heaney’s funeral cortege received a police escort on the long drive north to his family home in Bellaghy, a Northern Ireland village that was the fountainhead for much of his work. He was buried in the family plot in Bellaghy’s cemetery.

Elsewhere Monday, thousands queued to sign books of condolence opened in Dublin, Belfast and the Northern Ireland city of Londonderry, where Heaney attended Catholic boarding school in the 1950s.

On Sunday, a crowd of 80,000 observed a minute’s silence and applauded the memory of Heaney at a Gaelic football match between Dublin and Kerry.

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