The month of January is long and for many people their thoughts turn to holidays. Cold winter nights are perfect for research, not only genealogical, but also where to vacation and what sites to visit when there. It is always a great pleasure for us to play a part in people’s trips to Ireland when they come to the Irish Family History Centre – and we’re delighted when we hear how we’ve enriched their experience!
With so many fascinating and interesting places to enjoy in Ireland, we thought we would give you a flavour of some of the new or lesser-known museums, exhibitions and attractions over the next few weeks. Hopefully we can inspire a few intrepid travellers.
Seamus Heaney ‘Listen Now Again’
A National Library of Ireland Exhibition
Seamus Heaney (1939 – 2013) was one of Ireland’s greatest writers and a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Heaney and his family donated his archive to the National Library of Ireland in 2011 and the exhibition provides a wonderful insight into this much loved poet with original manuscripts, letters, unpublished works, photographs and diary entries. I particularly love a christmas day entry about receiving a present of notebooks from his young children.
Excavations looks at Heaney’s early life and poetry. You can feel the earth, his inspiration.
Creativity examines how he created his poetry and what influenced him.
Conscience focuses on Heaney’s struggles to write about the violence in Northern Ireland.
The exhibition concludes with Marvels, which shows how his later poetry moved towards a sense of uplift and airiness.
The exhibition is free and can be found at the new Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre in College Green. An absolute must for all lovers of Literature.
By Fiona O’Mahoney