Heaney’s Ireland under threat
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