Seamus Heaney’s connections with his old school in Derry are to be celebrated in the next weekend of events (21 – 23 October) at the new centre dedicated to the life and work of the poet and Nobel Laureate.
Singer-songwriter, Phil Coulter, together with diplomat and historian, James Sharkey, and Father Liam Donnelly, Heaney’s fellow boarder and room mate will gather at Seamus Heaney HomePlace to reminisce about their school days spent at St Columb’s College.
The three come together in ‘Heaney, Sir! St Columb’s Remembered’ on Saturday 22 October for an afternoon discussion when they will recall their personal memories of their time at the college and tell stories about one of their most celebrated alumni.
The same weekend brings another man from the maiden city to HomePlace, when leading chef and award-winning writer, Emmett McCourt, creates ‘A Naturalist’s Lunch’ using ingredients referenced in Seamus Heaney’s first published collection of poetry ‘Death of a Naturalist’.
Milk, eggs, potatoes, blackberries, trout, buttermilk, curd all appear in the poems and McCourt will be preparing a selection of mouth-watering canapes, while The Henry Girls, three sisters from Malin in Donegal, will sing songs of the North-West.
‘Heaney, Sir!’ takes place on Saturday 22 October at 2pm and ‘A Naturalist’s Lunch’ with Emmett McCourt tales place on Sunday 23 October at 1pm.
For full details of events and to book, visit www.seamusheaneyhome.com or call 028 7938 7444.