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.