Poet Seamus Heaney Dies Aged 74

Acclaimed poet and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Seamus Heaney, has died at the age of 74.

It is understood that the former teacher-turned-poet, hailed by many and the best Irish poet since Yeats, had been suffering from ill health.

Born in Northern Ireland, Heaney moved to Dublin in the 1970s. His first collection, Eleven Poems, was published in 1965 to coincide with the Queen's University Festival.

A statement from Mr Heaney's family is expected later today.


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

12 November 2013
Nine Arrested Over Merseyside Cannabis Factory
Two teenagers and seven adults are to be charged in connection with a £2 million 'cannabis factory' uncovered in a former Merseyside sports bar. Some 2,000 cannabis plants were discovered in the former bar on Rice Lane, Fazakerly on Sunday. Nine people were arrested in connection with the find.
31 July 2007
Cannabis Found Off Galway Coast
Bales of cannabis have reportedly been found off the coast of Co Galway. According to reports, fishermen discovered eleven kilos of the drug as they fished 50km out to sea. Gardai and Customs have been alerted and the Navy are expected to conduct a further search the area on Wednesday.
01 May 2009
Carol Ann Duffy Named First Female Poet Laureate
Carol Ann Duffy (pictured) has been named the first woman to be appointed as the new Poet Laureate. The 53-year-old, who takes over from Andrew Morton - who had been in the role since 1999 - is the first female to take the role in it's 341-year history.
08 February 2006
Four more die as cartoon protests continue
Four more protestors have been killed in Afghanistan as protests continue over the publication of cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad. The demonstrators were killed as police attempted to stop a mob attacking a US military base in Qalat, At least another eleven protestors and eight Afghan policemen were also injured in the clash.
11 December 2014
74-Year-Old Man Charged In London Slavery Case
A 74-year-old man has been charged with false imprisonment, rape and child cruelty in London. Police said that Aravindan Balakrishnan, who was arrested in November 2013, has now been charged with four counts of rape, 19 counts of indecent assault and one of cruelty to a person under 16. It is understood that the offences relate to three women.