The former RUC station in Bellaghy is to be transformed into a museum in honour of the late poet Seamus Heaney, the County Derry Post can reveal. 

Speaking earlier today, Sinn Féin councillor Patricia Smith said:“In light of this we have decided to develop the site of the old Bellaghy RUC station into ‘a Heaney Interpretive Centre’ which shall house a permanent exhibition of Seamus Heaney artefacts, including books and manuscripts.”

Magherafelt District Council, Bellaghy Village Regeneration and Bellaghy Development Association 

will endeavour to source as much material as possible in order to build a substantial library reflecting the huge literary output of Seamus Heaney.

Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1995. 

The Nobel Committee wrote of Heaney and his writing, describing them as ‘works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past’. 

The American poet Robert Lowell called him ‘the most important Irish poet since William Butler Yeats.’

As well as being known as a poet, Heaney was also a renowned playwright, translator, lecturer and essayist.

 His translation of Beowulf, a Scandinavian saga over a thousand years old, won him international acclaim and the prestigious Whitbread Award.

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