New Seamus Heaney centre opens in Bellaghy

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A new exhibition centre dedicated to the life and work of the late Seamus Heaney has opened in his Native village of Bellaghy.

There's no place like HomePlace.

The life and work of the late poet Seamus Heaney is being celebrated this weekend in Bellaghy. 

The £4.25million exhibition centre 'HomePlace' showcases the life and work of the late Nobel Laureate.

It's built on the site of the once heavily fortified police station.

It's been three years since the death of the poet at the age of 74 in a Dublin hospital.

Interactive exhibitions and personal artefacts such as the poet's school desk and bag are on display.

There are also galleries, a library, and a performance space (The Helicon) and cafe. 

Exhibits include an interpretation of the poet's Dublin study which was a particularly popular piece among guests.

The Heaney family attended this morning's launch - wife Marie and children Christopher, Catherine and Michael.

An emotional daughter Catherine told Q Radio she was overwhelmed by 'HomePlace'.

 

 

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