Hon­our­ing a true great


ASH­FORD CEL­E­BRATED its close as­so­ci­a­tion with the late Sea­mus Heaney with an evening con­sist­ing of po­etry and mu­sic.

The world renowned poet lived in Glan­more with his wife Marie from 1972 to 1977. Marie also worked as a teacher in the old Ash­ford Na­tional School dur­ing that time.

The Heaneys moved to Dublin in 1977 but main­tained close ties to Ash­ford and pur­chased Glan­more again in 1988, div­ing their time be­tween Dublin and Wick­low.

Sea­mus still used Ash­ford as a source of in­spi­ra­tion for his po­etry and was also a sup­porter of a num­ber of lo­cal ini­tia­tives.

The first Féile Heaney took place over the weekend, in­clud­ing po­etry read­ings in Nun’s Cross Church de­liv­ered by award win­ning writ­ers Gabriel Rosen­stock, Hans- Chris­tian Oeser and Ca­tri­ona O’Reilly.

Mu­sic was also pro­vided by Elaine Agnew, Cor­mac Breat­nach, Rachel Fac­tor, Lucy Robin­son, Ea­mon Sweeney and Toni Walsh.

The evening also fea­tured the pre­miere of new works in­spired by the po­etry of Sea­mus Heaney. The chil­dren of the Holy Rosary Na­tional School, with the help of Elaine Agnew and Cor­mac Breat­nach cre­ated their own mu­si­cal com­po­si­tion in­spired by Mr. Heaney, whose chil­dren at­tended the same school dur­ing their youth.

Stu­dents from Fourth and Fifth class in Ash­ford NS who cre­ated a new com­po­si­tion with Elaine Agnew. (IN­SET) the late Sea­mus Heaney.

Mu­si­cians (from left) Cor­mac Breat­nach (whis­tles), Toni Walsh (so­prano), Ea­mon Sweeney (gui­tar), Rachel Fa­cotr (harpis­cord) and Lucy Robin­son (vi­ola da gamba).

Re­becca Bury was among the at­ten­dance.

Wick­low poet Caitri­ona O’Reilly reads from Heaney’s work.

The recital in Nun’s Cross Church.

Leg­endary Wick­low mu­sic teacher Mirette Dowling with com­poser Óisín Walsh-Peelo who ded­i­cated his com­po­si­tion ‘Song’ to her.

Ea­mon Sweeney.

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