Seamus Heaney HomePlace Scoops Awards Hat-Trick October 27, 2017 Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy has scooped a hat-trick of awards in as many weeks. HomePlace, which celebrates the life and literature of the Nobel Laureate, began a run of success at the beginning of October when it was named best Visitor and Interpretation Centre by the Association of Heritage Interpretation (AHI) at its UK-wide Discover Heritage Awards. A week later, the arts and literary centre took the title of Best Local Authority Tourism Initiative at the NILGA (Northern Ireland Local Government Association) Awards, followed by a win last weekend at the Best NI Visitor Attraction 2017 at the Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards. Seamus Heaney HomePlace is owned and operated by Mid Ulster District Council and Chair of the Council, Councillor Kim Ashton, said: “This is such an amazing achievement in a very short space of time for us all. “Three awards in three weeks is a tribute especially to the staff at HomePlace who contribute so much to the quality of our visitors’ experiences and, of course, to everyone who was involved in creating what is a wonderful exhibition, truly reflective of the life and literature of one of our greatest writers.” Andrew Todd, Creative Director, Tandem, said: “As a local company we were truly privileged to work on this project with a great client team and these awards and visitor numbers are testament to the hard work and dedication from all involved. We are immensely proud of our involvement and association with HomePlace”. HomePlace celebrated its first anniversary at the end of September, welcoming over 40,000 visitors from 20 countries to view the exhibition and experience events in the venue’s performance space.