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Martin McGuinness comments on the death of Seamus Heaney

30 August, 2013


Speaking today following the news of the death of the poet Seamus Heaney the deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said:

“I am very shocked and deeply saddened to hear that Seamus Heaney had passed away. Not only was he a great poet, and a much admired Nobel Laureate, he was very much a great human being.

“Our thoughts and prayers with Marie and Seamus’s family and friends.

“Only last week I  spent some time with Seamus following his performance at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Derry and enjoyed a great conversation with him.

“He will be sadly missed not just across Ireland but also further a field where his work resonated with many people over many decades.”

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