Our next event The Three Wilde Cards will be held on Friday, 13 March 2015.
No casting opportunities
at the moment
Ireland is the third largest
island in Europe, and
the twentieth largest
island in the world. It
lies to the northwest of Europe
and is surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets.
Heaney died in the Blackrock Clinic in Dublin on 30 August 2013, aged 74, following a short illness. After a fall outside a restaurant in Dublin, he entered hospital the night before his death for a medical procedure but died at 7:30 the following morning before it took place. His funeral was held in Donnybrook, Dublin, on the morning of 2 September 2013, and he was buried in the evening at his home village of Bellaghy, in the same graveyard as his parents, young brother, and other family members. His son Michael revealed at the funeral mass that his father's final words, "Noli timere", ("Do not be afraid”) were texted to his wife, Marie, minutes before he died.
A much-quoted statement was when he objected to being included in The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry (1982), despite being born in Northern Ireland. His response to being included in the British anthology was delivered in his poem, An Open Letter: "Don't be surprised if I demur, for, be advised
My passport's green.
No glass of ours was ever raised
To toast The Queen."