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'I had my existence. I was there.
Me in place and the place in me.'

Seamus Heaney, A Herbal

Life
Discover how Seamus Heaney’s formative years in the Bellaghy area shaped his life and were a source of inspiration throughout his career. Our exhibition is packed with poetry, photographs and stories that take you to the heart of Heaney’s life and work.

Literature
Browse our library, where you will see on display hundreds of books donated by the Heaney family from Seamus Heaney’s own collection, or immerse yourself in our exploration of the poet’s words, rhythm and rhyme.

Inspiration
Savour a piece of theatre, music or poetry in our performance space, The Helicon, or get hands on with a range of engaging arts and crafts activities that will soon get the creativity flowing for kids and adults alike. Be inspired by your visit.

Upcoming Events

Seamus Heaney Home
Seamus Heaney Home
10 December
Conversations on Impermanence

Conversations on Impermanence

As the tectonic plates of our culture, society, politics and climate move and shift,

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10 December
Christmas Wreath Making

Christmas Wreath Making

Join Clive Lyttle from Welig Heritage Crafts at this special time of year to

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10 December
One Day Experience

One Day Experience

Visit Seamus Heaney HomePlace and be welcomed at our Café with a morning tea

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10 December
Seamus Heaney Exhibition

Seamus Heaney Exhibition

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary world of Seamus Heaney, and explore through his words and

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17 December
Christmas at the HomePlace Hearth

Christmas at the HomePlace Hearth

  With Anthony Toner, Neil Martin and guests   The festive season just wouldn’t

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28 December
Open Ground Guided Experience

Open Ground Guided Experience

Open Ground is a unique visitor experience centred on five locations.

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Flexible dates
Seamus Heaney: Poetry, Conservation & Climate Change with Yvonne Reddick

Seamus Heaney: Poetry, Conservation & Climate Change with Yvonne Reddick

Seamus Heaney is a poet famous for rooting his work in the landscape that

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08 January
The HomePlace Book Club

The HomePlace Book Club

  With Carol O’Doherty and Patricia Broderick   A story is always better if

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14 January
‘Music, Poems and Songs for the Soul’ Returns!

‘Music, Poems and Songs for the Soul’ Returns!

Following on from the success of their sell-out show in January 2020, that brought

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14 January
The Young Adult Book Club

The Young Adult Book Club

Are you an avid reader? Would you like to discuss your recent reads in

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28 January
Starting Your Crime Fiction Novel

Starting Your Crime Fiction Novel

With James Murphy Ever wanted to write the perfect whodunnit? Come along to this

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28 January
So Sing On with Lisa Hannigan

So Sing On with Lisa Hannigan

In a world of contemporary singer-songwriters, Lisa Hannigan has carved a path all of

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03 February
Altan in Concert

Altan in Concert

‘under no circumstances should they be missed in concert’ The Irish Echo (New York)

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05 February
Audrey Magee in Conversation

Audrey Magee in Conversation

With Emma Warnock One of Ireland’s most acclaimed contemporary writers, Audrey Magee, join us

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11 February
Where The Crawdads Sing: Film Screening

Where The Crawdads Sing: Film Screening

In association with Filmbank Media Abandoned as a girl, Kya raised herself in the

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11 February
Valentine Dogwood Hearts with Rosslind McGookin

Valentine Dogwood Hearts with Rosslind McGookin

Join experienced floral designer and tutor Rosslind McGookin for a leisurely day spent creating

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18 February
Silver Necklace OR Earrings Workshop

Silver Necklace OR Earrings Workshop

With Diane Lyness Following on from her incredibly popular linked bracelet-making workshop last season,

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Jan Morris: Life From Both Sides by Paul Clements

Jan Morris: Life From Both Sides by Paul Clements

When Jan Morris passed away in 2020, she was considered one of Britain’s best-loved

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25 February
Memoir Writing with Jo Egan

Memoir Writing with Jo Egan

Ever started to write a memoir and suddenly hit a brick wall? How do

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Graeme Macrae Burnet: A Case Study

Graeme Macrae Burnet: A Case Study

With Jan Carson Born in Kilmarnock, Graeme Macrae Burnet is among the UK’s leading contemporary

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29 March
Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble: Pierrot Lunaire

Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble: Pierrot Lunaire

Featuring Aoife Miskelly (soprano) and Malachy Frame (baritone) HomePlace is delighted to welcome Hard

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01 April
The Singularity of John Banville

The Singularity of John Banville

With Eamonn Hughes John Banville, the revered Booker Prize-winning author, has returned with the

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05 April
An Easter Celebration with The Fews Ensemble and Ciarán Hinds

An Easter Celebration with The Fews Ensemble and Ciarán Hinds

Performed by Ciarán Hinds, Sharon Carty (mezzo-soprano) and The Fews Ensemble Seamus Heaney HomePlace

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15 April
Scullion in Concert

Scullion in Concert

‘Scullion have always been very adventurous in pushing musical boundaries and continue to this

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An Evening with Irvine Welsh

An Evening with Irvine Welsh

With Hugh Odling-Smee One of the most blazing talents in contemporary Scottish fiction, Irvine

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22 April
Garden Obelisk Workshop

Garden Obelisk Workshop

Join basket maker and traditional crafts expert Clive Lyttle from Welig Heritage Crafts for

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Writing on Air: Broadcasting Poetry with Alex Alonso, Olivia O’Leary and Ruth McKee

Writing on Air: Broadcasting Poetry with Alex Alonso, Olivia O’Leary and Ruth McKee

With Alex Alonso, Olivia O’Leary and Ruth McKee Chaired by Paula Shields There has

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Ian  McEwan in Conversation

Ian McEwan in Conversation

With John Self Ian McEwan is a writer who needs no introduction. Since the

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