Seamus Heaney


Birthday April 13, 1939

Birth Sign Aries

Birthplace Castledawson, Northern Ireland

DEATH DATE Aug 30, 2013 (74)

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Northern Irish-born author and poet who won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. His best known works include Death of a Naturalist (1966), a modern translation of Beowulf (1999), and Field Work (1979).

Before Fame

He earned a scholarship to St. Columb's College at the age of twelve, and he went on to study English at Queen's University, Belfast. He published his first poems in 1962, at the age of twenty-three.


He published thirteen poetry collections between 1966 and 2010.

Family Life

He was one of nine children born to Patrick Heaney and Margaret Kathleen McCann. Later, he had two sons of his own with his wife, Marie Heaney.

Associated With

He won the T.S. Eliot Award in 2006.