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April 28, 2014
Dear Mrs. Heaney,
I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. Even though I did not know him personally I feel a great connection to Ireland through his poetry. I have declaimed two of his poems this year at school; "Digging" and "Exposure". I like these poems because they bring me back to Ireland, where both of my parents were born. Your husband was a great poet and will remain in Irish history forever. Seamus was an inspiration to me and many others. He will be missed very much by all people around the world.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.
My deepest sympathy,
Maggie O'Byrne
April 18, 2014
I was in Ireland during your passing, there is a poetry reading 24 April on Bainbridge Island WA, USA
where poets including myself explore the theme for National Poetry month: "Do not be afraid". You are an inspiration, always. God Bless you and your family.
March 30, 2014
Please accept my sincere condolences on the death of your dear love one. “And no resident will say: I am sick…” Isa 33. In this time of a loss of someone special in our lives be comforted to know God cares and will help us endure through his love with comfort and peace. We miss this talented person whom many no doubt respected and admired.
September 05, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the family during your time of sorrow. God is for us a refuge and strength. (Psalms 91:2) May you find the needed strength from God, family and friends.
September 05, 2013
May you find eternal peace and happiness in heaven. God bless.
September 04, 2013
Homeless Adult Students in the East Bay spent 6 weeks reading "Beowulf" in your translation. I have not taught a more exciting class. At its end we read "Digging". Your words lifted them out of their fraught world and into yours. You are with us in all ways. Thank you, Seamus
September 03, 2013
Ireland and the world is richer because of your words!
September 03, 2013
Deepest sympathy to the Heaney family. May he rest in peace.
September 03, 2013
Now, there's a poet. RIP
September 03, 2013
Our deepest condolences to the Heaney family on the too soon loss of your beloved husband and father,Seamus Heaney .Our wonderful memories and our Catholic Faith can bring us hope of happy reunion one day.

I picture Seamus being greeted in heaven by the smile and open arms of Adele Dalsimer, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Boston College Irish Studies Program.
They were the two most enthusiastic, joyful and kind people who for decades gave the Boston College community a greater understanding and appreciation of our Irish heritage in all its wonderful aspects. To a college founded to educate the sons of Irish immigrants they brought a knowledge of the greatness of the Irish people throughout the centuries and to the present day to life.

We wish to share with you the same empathy expressed in "A Brigid's Girdle-For Adele" at this very sad and difficult time.
With gratitude to all his family for sharing him with the world.
God Bless you always,
Nancy and Jack Joyce
Friends of Boston College Irish Studies
September 03, 2013
I will always treasure an evening of poetry reading with Mr. Heaney in the 1980s at the University of South Carolina.
September 03, 2013
The family have my deepest sympathy for their loss. May Mr. Heaney sleep in peace until our Father who is in the heavens says "Wake Up["
September 02, 2013
You belong to this green land, always, for this being, and before and after. And beyond immortality, are your poems, and love and passion for this land. May you rest in peace.
September 02, 2013
All I can think to sa at this loss is a quote from Emily Dickinson "Unable are the loved to die for love is immortality." Proud that he is one of my country man. An admirer --John P.
September 02, 2013
RIP Seamus Heaney!!
September 02, 2013
May you find comfort in Eccl. 9:5-6. Mr. Heaney is at peace and in no pain. Your family have my condolences.
September 02, 2013
Very sad to see a bright light gone out. But his poetry will never be diminished. His work has touched many including myself. I had the fortune to hear him performing the "poet and Piper" many years ago. In remembrance, below is a Chinese translation I made for his poem "Digging"
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September 01, 2013
Green grass blue skies cool breezes
September 01, 2013
Go with God

Let silence descend over
The bleeding cut of division.
Heaney is dead.
No more of his digging
The pen welded to his thought
Now come an understanding
Even Poets are not immortal.
Paper and Universe erode
What is left is a whisper
A something that was
The poetry of Irelands Poet.

A curious sense of loss occcur. The poem Digging. Gave rise to a long poem years ago.

Sorry I am to see you gone
September 01, 2013
September 01, 2013
Sincere sympathy to wife, family and many friends. Attend his poetry session in Cork city in 1970s. V. Fraser
September 01, 2013
Dear Heaney family we are sorry for your loss. May the comfort and strength only God can give be with you in the days ahead.
August 31, 2013
August 31, 2013
Bhí tú lách, an rud is tábhachtaí, is mhínigh tú áilleacht dúinn. Bhí focail beo id' rang is d'imríomar leo is bhlasamar a mbinneas. Thuig tú muintearas is chuir tú anam na nGael i bhfilíocht. Beidh mé féin agus an saol i gcónaí fíor-bhuíoch.
Sólás dúinn go léir.
August 31, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
August 31, 2013
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences and may the God of all comfort strengthen you.
August 31, 2013
A literary hero of mine! RIP!
August 31, 2013
One day God will take away sickness and death and we will all have the privilege to live happily and health forever. May that promise bring you comfort.(John 6:40)
August 31, 2013
My condolences to the family. John 5:28
August 31, 2013
Marie and family,sorry for your premature loss.Had a bit of a yarn with him at Battell Chapel Yale University some years ago.My mother came from Ballymackpeake Bellaghy.Spent more time with him than we should have,but we both enjoyed the moment..May he rest in peace.
August 31, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
August 31, 2013
Another star brightens the sky in heaven now. We thank Seamus Heaney, R.I.P for his legacy of poetry left to the world that so admired and honored him. May God grant him eternal rest. May God bless his loving wife and children.

May Ireland always pay tribute to his life, legacy of literature as the world paid tribute to him in his lifetime and now forever.

Jacqueline Collins Beusse
August 31, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
August 31, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the Heaney family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead...(Psalm 62:8).
August 31, 2013
So! A finer night I've yet to have: Seamus Heaney reading his work followed by a nice reception behind the stage and a glorious time at dinner in NightTown in Cleveland Heights as a small group of us gathered to welcome, entertain and schmooze with the Nobel Laureate himself! We did as we wished: told stories, sang ballads, drank whiskey and pints....and a fine time was had by all! I was so moved...our conversation is one I will hold in my heart all of my life....he spoke to me as if he were sitting in my dining room, asking to pass the butter....so easy, so grand....
Safe home Seamus Heaney, safe home.
August 31, 2013
I've always had a soft side for beautiful poetry although i'm more of an artist. May God be with you and your family.(Read John 5:25)
August 31, 2013
Dear Heaney Family,
I'm so sorry about the loss of your loved one. (Eccl. 9:11, 12). Always pray to the Hearer of Prayer. - Psalms 65:2; 83:18.
August 31, 2013
To the family: May you rely on God to give you peace and comfort. .. Psalms 65:2
August 31, 2013
Ireland lost a giant but that giant's words will never be lost. How wonderful that we will always be able to read his poems and be inspired to not let the voice be silent. Even in the Troubles, he gave words to those who needed to remain safe: Whatever you say, say nothing. We lost his voice but not his lessons.
August 31, 2013
My deepest sympathies for the fam and friends.
August 31, 2013
August 30, 2013
God bless, and thank you, Seamus Heaney, for your poetry that is so intimate yet universally grounded in the earth we all share.
August 30, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May you be comforted by the words at Jeremiah 29:11.
August 30, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
August 30, 2013
God Bless You Sweet Soul.
August 30, 2013
in God's care rest in peace
August 30, 2013
To the Jeanette family, I am truly sorry for your loss.
August 30, 2013
So? I had the extraordinary pleasure of meeting Seamus at the Lenoir Rhyne University Visiting Writers Group; to have a photo with him; to hear him read "Digging" and explain his sentiments; to have a signed and autographed copy of BEOWULF where his inscription was brief,"So?" "So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by and the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness." A joyful time for me with such a gifted humble nice man. RIP.
August 30, 2013
Thoughts of serene
condolences to
Seamus Heaney&Family~
thanks for the written
Books an style works of
talent..

-novel-Poet'Author@
August 30, 2013
What a huge loss to mankind. Rest in Peace.
August 30, 2013
How blessed was I to be in your presence as you delivered the graduation address to my son's class; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1996. I,
along with legions, treasure the gift of your work.
August 30, 2013
rip
August 30, 2013
We wish to express our condolences on the loss of your love one. Numbers 6:24-26
August 30, 2013
Thank you, Mr. Heaney, for all your work & for leaving this earth a better place. I pray you rest in peace & God will grant comfort to your family. Psalms 121...
Erin go braugh!
August 30, 2013
Rest in peace, Mr. Heaney, and bless you for leaving this world a lovelier place than you found it.
August 30, 2013
A bright light has dimmed... but not gone out. Bless you Seamus Heaney.You will be remembered.
August 30, 2013
God rest Your Soul Seamus, Pray for all of us in this place you left behind.
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