Vice President Biden, Ireland Funds lead U.S. reaction to Seamus Heaney’s death
Artists, politicians and Irish people grieve the loss of much-loved Nobel winner
“He belongs with Joyce, Yeats, Shaw and Beckett in the pantheon of our greatest literary exponents."
Bishop of Derry, Doctor Edward Daly, was friends with Seamus Heaney. He said,“Seamus had a very full life. He was a very generous and gentle person and a wonderful poet. He has left a huge legacy behind him.
"He has left so much for us all to treasure and enjoy. His legacy will live on for centuries."
He added, “He wore his huge wisdom very lightly and he gave so generously of his time. He was kind and he had a very gentle wit.”
Former Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) leader John Hume, also a close friend of Heaney, said, "His poetry expressed a special love of people, place and diversity of life.
"That profound regard for humanity has made his poetry a special channel for repudiating violence, injustice and prejudice, and urging us all to the better side of our human nature."
Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said, "Seamus was undoubtedly one of the greatest literary voices the island of Ireland has ever produced and a great ambassador for Northern Ireland.
"It is some consolation that his spirit will live on through his legacy of work and that future generations will continue to be inspired by his distinctive poetic voice."
Irish President Michael D Higgins said: "Generations of Irish people will have been familiar with Seamus' poems.
"Scholars all over the world will have gained from the depth of the critical essays, and so many rights organizations will want to thank him for all the solidarity he gave to the struggles within the republic of conscience."
Irish Arts Minister Ireland's Jimmy Deenihan said, "He was just a very humble, modest man. He was very accessible.
"Anywhere I have ever travelled in the world and you mention poetry and literature and the name of Seamus Heaney comes up immediately."
Belfast's Lyric Theatre tweeted, "The Lyric Theatre is deeply saddened that Seamus Heaney, our long-term friend and supporter, has passed away."
Damien Smith, head of literature and drama at the Northern Ireland Arts Council said: "Those closest to him also include vast numbers of people from right across the globe who read his poetry from his first book when it appeared in the mid-60s.
"He will be remembered in artistic terms as among the very great poets."
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