Seamus Heaney

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Seamus Heaney was born in April 1939, the eldest member of a family that would eventually contain nine children. His father owned and worked a small farm of some fifty acres in County Derry in Northern Ireland, but his real commitment was to cattle-dealing. Heaney's mother came from a family called McCann whose connections were more with the modern world than with the traditional rural economy; her uncles and relations w...

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