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Remembering Seamus Heaney…From the dramatic wild and windswept beauty of The Burren, to your first glimpse of the still wonder that is Aran.  From the stories and rousing music of the cliff top buskers to a Mullaghmore view of forever – County Clare has always inspired the pen of the writer and the soul of the poet. And Sheedy’s Country House is very proud to have played a small part in this proud history, in so many special ways.

Irish poet, playwright and translator Seamus Heaney is recognized as one of the principal contributors to poetry during his lifetime. Recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, Heaney has been described as “the most Irish poet since Yeats” and “the greatest poet of our age” – while upon his death in 2013, The Independent simply and beautifully honoured him as “probably the best-known poet in the world.”

As is clear in his poem ‘Postscript’, Seamus Heaney has a special love for Country Clare and the wild beauty of Flaggy Shore – and Sheedy’s was fortunate enough to have the great man as guest in August 2013 during the Merriman Festival, John Sheedy recalls this special time:

“We remember him as a warm, kind and humble man who took the time to talk and share stories, and we like to think we helped make his time in Clare that bit more special.”

Listen to Seamus Heaney read the beautiful ‘Postscript’ (RTE Archives)