Heaney’s Ire­land un­der threat

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CAM­PAIGN has been launched to fight plans for a fourlane car­riage­way through land in North­ern Ire­land im­mor­talised by Sea­mus Heaney (right, 1939–2013). The poet was born in Moss­bawn near Cas­tledaw­son, Co Derry, and the area fea­tures heav­ily in his work. How­ever, the £160 mil­lion project will cut through fea­tures men­tioned in his poetry, in­clud­ing Lough Beg, an im­por­tant wet­land site.

Heaney en­thu­si­ast Der­mott Hick­son has launched a pe­ti­tion call­ing for the road to be rerouted. ‘Car­ry­ing 22,000 ve­hi­cles per day, the huge mo­tor­way con­struc­tion stands to ut­terly an­ni­hi­late the pas­toral fea­tures and re­cur­ring pla­ce­names of Heaney’s writ­ing,’ he laments. Char­lotte Cooper

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