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Seamus Justin Heaney
Seamus Justin Heaney (born 13 April 1939) is an Irish poet, writer and lecturer who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. He currently lives in Dublin. Seamus Heaney was born the eldest of nine children at the family farmhouse called Mossbawn, near Castledawson, thirty miles to the north-west of Belfast, in Northern Ireland. He is a Roman Catholic and a nationalist. He played Gaelic football for St. Malachy's Castledawson (Irish: An Sťan Mhullach) up until Minor level. He was educated initially at Anahorish Primary School in Newbridge. He won a scholarship to St Columb's College, then a Catholic boarding school in Derry, and it was while studying here as a young teenager that his family moved to Bellaghy. At St Columb's he was taught the Irish language. When he was fourteen, his four-year-old brother Christopher was killed in a road accident, an event that he would later write about in two poems, "Mid-Term Break" and "The Blackbird of Glanmore".

I can feel the tug
and tribal, intimate revenge.
the young fools
High-heels struggling with a full-length dress
So that, between the wind and the terrain,
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