Tourism Ireland hosted an event in The Bloomsbury Hotel in London, to celebrate the work of Seamus Heaney and
to promote the Seamus Heaney HomePlace visitor attraction in Bellaghy.
Pictured are Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland; Cllr Kim Ashton, Mid Ulster Council; actors Adrian Dunbar and Bríd Brennan; and Catherine Heaney.
The invited audience included influential representatives of the British travel industry and media, as well as members of the Heaney family. They heard award-winning actors Adrian Dunbar and Bríd Brennan perform Heaney’s poetry; and Professors Roy Foster and Bernard O’Donoghue took part in an ‘In Conversation’ about Heaney and the influence of Bellaghy on his work.
A new Seamus Heaney HomePlace film was also launched; narrated by Liam Neeson, the short film showcases Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy and the beauty of the surrounding countryside and its inspiration for the Nobel Laureate’s work. Click here to view the film, entitled Journey to Seamus Heaney HomePlace.
Tourism Ireland also launched a new Seamus Heaney page on its website, Ireland.com, as part of its wider campaign to promote Seamus Heaney HomePlace.
Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain, said: “We were delighted to host this special Seamus Heaney event, in conjunction with Mid Ulster Council, celebrating the life and literature of one of Ireland's greatest writers and his links with Bellaghy and this beautiful area. The new film, Journey to Seamus Heaney HomePlace, and our new pages on Ireland.com, will help to showcase further what makes this area so special.”