Seamus Heaney commemorative stamp from An Post

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imports_CCGB_sheaneystamp-150_59589.jpg Seamus Heaney commemorative stamp from An Post
An Post has issued a commemorative stamp to mark the first anniversary of the death of Irish poet Seamus Heaney. ...
An Post has issued a commemorative stamp to mark the first anniversary of the death of Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry in 1939 and studied English at Queen's University in Belfast. His literary debut came with the publication of 'Death of a Naturalist' in 1966. He published several collections of poetry and won the Whitbread Prize in 2000 for his translation of the epic poem 'Beowulf'.

The 68c commemorative stamp was designed by Vermillion Design of Dublin and features a black and white photograph of Heaney. The First Day Cover envelope shows an extract from his 1969 poem 'Bogland', alongside details from his own poetry notes.

The An Post website carried a report from the Seamus’s son Michael, who said: 'We are immensely moved that An Post has chosen to mark Dad’s memory with the issue of this stamp. The year since he died has been a sad time for our family, but this is not only a wonderful testament to his life and work, but also a reminder of the generosity and support people have shown since Dad’s passing. We would like to express our deepest thanks and appreciation to everyone involved in bestowing this rare honour on the husband, father, grandfather and poet we miss so much.'

To purchase the stamp, visit the An Post website.

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