Short film released by Tourism Ireland celebrates life, literature and inspiration of Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Derry.

Proud fellow Northern Irishman Liam Neeson has lent his world-famous voice to a new short film which celebrates the life, literature and inspiration of Ireland’s best-loved poet, the late great Seamus Heaney.

The short filmed was launched by Tourism Ireland, at The Bloomsbury Hotel in London on Monday, to celebrate the work of Seamus Heaney and to promote the Seamus Heaney HomePlace visitor attraction in Bellaghy, County Derry, the poet’s hometown.

The Neeson-narrated film showcases Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy and the beauty of the surrounding countryside and its inspiration for the Nobel Laureate’s work.

Journey to Séamus Heaney HomePlace – read by Liam Neeson

Proud fellow Northern Irishman Liam Neeson has lent his world-famous voice to a new short film which celebrates the life, literature and inspiration of Ireland’s best-loved poet, the late great Séamus Heaney. Full story here: http://bit.ly/2rKBCGJ Video: Tourism Ireland

Posted by IrishCentral.com on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The invited audience included influential representatives of the British travel industry and media, as well as members of the Heaney family.

They heard award-winning actors Adrian Dunbar and Bríd Brennan perform Heaney’s poetry; and Professors Roy Foster and Bernard O’Donoghue took part in an ‘In Conversation’ about Heaney and the influence of Bellaghy on his work. A new Seamus Heaney HomePlace film was also launched; narrated by Liam Neeson, the short film showcases Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy and the beauty of the surrounding countryside and its inspiration for the Nobel Laureate’s work.

Tourism Ireland also launched a new Seamus Heaney page on its website, Ireland.com, as part of its wider campaign to promote Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

Ireland's favorite poet, Seamus Heaney.

Ireland's favorite poet, Seamus Heaney.

Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain, said: “We were delighted to host this special Seamus Heaney event, in conjunction with Mid Ulster Council, celebrating the life and literature of one of Ireland's greatest writers and his links with Bellaghy and this beautiful area. The new film, Journey to Seamus Heaney HomePlace, and our new pages on Ireland.com, will help to showcase further what makes this area so special.”

Promoting Seamus Heaney HomePlace around the world is just one element of Tourism Ireland’s busy program of activity in 2018, to continue to grow overseas visitor numbers to the island of Ireland.

Northern Irish star Liam Neeson.YouTube