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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
14 August
Summer Sundays Afternoon Tea Experience

Summer Sundays Afternoon Tea Experience

Feed all your senses with our special Summer Sundays Afternoon Tea experience. Enjoy the aroma

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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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18 August
Play in the Back Yard

Play in the Back Yard

Join us in the Back Yard for outdoors, explorative play. Enjoy our sand and

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18 August
Open Ground Guided Experience

Open Ground Guided Experience

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

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28 August
Summer Sundays in the Back Yard: Jack Warnock & Donal O’Connor

Summer Sundays in the Back Yard: Jack Warnock & Donal O’Connor

Following on from the success of last year’s Summer Sunday performances in The Back

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04 September
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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10 September
Dana Masters in Concert

Dana Masters in Concert

‘Dana’s wide-ranging musical influences are evident through her own unique sound. Her vocal dexterity

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12 September
Drawing from the Well

Drawing from the Well

Seamus Heaney HomePlace is delighted to host this touring show from the Irish Traditional

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16 September
The Whole Nine Yarns with Owen O’Neill

The Whole Nine Yarns with Owen O’Neill

‘These are real life stories from the gut. His poetry is like an ambush.

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WB Yeats, Samuel Beckett & Fine Art: A Lecture by John Brown

WB Yeats, Samuel Beckett & Fine Art: A Lecture by John Brown

HOW AND WHY TWO IRISH WRITERS WERE INFLUENCED BY PAINTING & SCULPTURE: A LECTURE

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17 September
‘Scullionspeak’: Writing in Dialect with Angeline King

‘Scullionspeak’: Writing in Dialect with Angeline King

Join Ulster University's Writer in Residence Angeline King for a hands-on dialect workshop. Examples

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20 September
Creative Writing Masterclasses with Eric Ngalle Charles

Creative Writing Masterclasses with Eric Ngalle Charles

As Poet-in-Residence at HomePlace in May, Eric Ngalle Charles will host a series of

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24 September
Donal Ryan in Conversation

Donal Ryan in Conversation

With Paula Shields 'A life-enhancing talent'  Sebastian Barry Following his appearance in our online

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30 September
Armistead Maupin in Conversation

Armistead Maupin in Conversation

With Rick O'SheaPLEASE NOTE: IN A CHANGE TO THE PRINTED PROGRAMME, THIS EVENT WILL

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02 October
Dr John Cooper Clarke: I Wanna Be Yours

Dr John Cooper Clarke: I Wanna Be Yours

With special guest Mike GarryJohn Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the

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07 October
Zoë  Conway and John McIntyre

Zoë Conway and John McIntyre

‘Simply one of the best folk duos on the planet’ BBC With an exciting blend

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08 October
Lies Where it Falls

Lies Where it Falls

Written and Performed by Ruairí Conaghan Directed by Patrick O’Kane Award-winning Broadway, West End

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15 October
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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Imagined Lives: Nuala O’Connor & Martina Devlin in Conversation

Imagined Lives: Nuala O’Connor & Martina Devlin in Conversation

With Bernie McGill Join writers Nuala O'Connor and Martina Devlin for a discussion about

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21 October
The West Ocean String Quartet

The West Ocean String Quartet

With Neil Martin, Séamus McGuire, Niamh Crowley and Ken Rice The West Ocean String

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22 October
Song of the Sea: Film Screening

Song of the Sea: Film Screening

A Film Screening in Partnership with Cinemagic and Magherafelt Foodbank Seamus Heaney HomePlace is

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05 November
Festive Botanical Printing

Festive Botanical Printing

With Ruth Osborne Explore the customs, folklore and traditions of winter in a workshop

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10 November
Powerstone presents After Melissa by Jane Coyle

Powerstone presents After Melissa by Jane Coyle

Written by Jane Coyle Directed by David Grant Following its successful rehearsed reading of

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12 November
‘In Bursting Air’: Maureen Boyle, Victoria Kennefick & Jessica Traynor

‘In Bursting Air’: Maureen Boyle, Victoria Kennefick & Jessica Traynor

Celebrating the female voice in contemporary Irish poetry, HomePlace is delighted to welcome Maureen

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19 November
Fidelio Trio featuring Cillian Vallely

Fidelio Trio featuring Cillian Vallely

We are delighted to present the wonderful Fidelio Trio as they perform a suite

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26 November
Kevin Barry in Conversation

Kevin Barry in Conversation

With John Self Kevin Barry is a novelist and short story writer whose linguistically

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‘A Heard Melody’: A Celebration of The Translations of Seamus Heaney

‘A Heard Melody’: A Celebration of The Translations of Seamus Heaney

‘whatever is given, can always be reimagined’ Seamus Heaney Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf, published

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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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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 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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