The num­ber of years Sea­mus Heaney lived in Ash­ford. Lo­cals have or­gan­ised Féile Heaney - a cel­e­bra­tion of the man and his work.


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THE LIFE and times of Sea­mus Heaney will be marked with an evening of po­etry and mu­sic in Ash­ford, the vil­lage from where he sought so much of his in­spi­ra­tion.

The an­niver­sary of his birth falls on the 13 April and April 12 has been cho­sen to in­au­gu­rate the Féile Heaney - a cel­e­bra­tion of the man and his work.

Mr. Heaney lived in Glan­more, Ash­ford for five years with his wife Marie from 1972 un­til 1977. Dur­ing that time Marie also worked as a teacher in the old Ash­ford Na­tional School.

The Heaney’s still main­tained close ties to Ash­ford and pur­chased Glan­more Cot­tage again in 1988, di­vid­ing their time be­tween Dublin and Wick­low.

Upon hear­ing about the event or­gan­ised in hon­our of Sea­mus, Marie com­mented, ‘I am de­lighted that Sea­mus is be­ing cel­e­brated in Ash­ford, a place where he found peace, hap­pi­ness and in­spi­ra­tion over many years, a place that he re­ally loved.’

The first Féile Heaney takes place at Nun’s Cross, Church, Ash­ford at 8 p.m. on April 12 and will in­clude po­etry and mu­sic from artists who knew and worked with Sea­mus. There will be read­ings in Ir­ish and English by award-win­ning writ­ers Gabriel Rosen­stock , Hans- Chris­tian Oeser and Ca­tríona O'Reilly.

The event has been or­gan­ised by Alchemy Con­cert Se­ries run by Ash­ford-based mu­si­cians Rachel Fac­tor, Ea­mon Sweeney and Cor­mac Breat­nach. It’s also sup­ported by The Arts Coun­cil, Po­etry Ire­land and Wick­low County Coun­cil.

There will be mu­sic for harp­si­chord, whis­tles, baroque gui­tar, vi­ola da gamba and voice. Mu­si­cians per­form­ing on the night will in­clude Elaine Agnew (com­poser); Cor­mac Breat­nach (whis­tles); Rachel Fac­tor (harp­si­chord/piano); Lucy Robin­son (vi­ola da gamba); Ea­mon Sweeney (gui­tars); Toni Walsh (so­prano).

The evening will also fea­ture the pre­miere of new works in­spired by the po­etry of Mr. Heaney, in­clud­ing a cre­ation by the chil­dren of the Holy Rosary Na­tional School with the as­sis­tance of com­posers Elaine Agnew and Gabriel Rosen­stock. The Holy Rosary is also the pri­mary school at­tended by the Heaney chil­dren in their youth.

Oisín Peelo-Walsh will present new mu­si­cal set­tings based on the works of the highly re­garded poet.

Tick­ets are priced at €15 and €12 with a spe­cial fam­ily ticket for two adults and two chil­dren avail­able for €30. They are avail­able on the door and at Martsworth in Ash­ford and Bridge Street Books in Wick­low town. You can also email to alche­my­con­

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