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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
24 September
Powerstone Entertainment presents After Melissa

Powerstone Entertainment presents After Melissa

The first public reading of a new play by Jane Coyle Director:  David Grant, Sound

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02 October
‘An Ear to the Line’: Poetry Reading with Matthew Rice, Victoria Kennefick & Gail McConnell

‘An Ear to the Line’: Poetry Reading with Matthew Rice, Victoria Kennefick & Gail McConnell

Chaired by Maureen BoyleWe are delighted to present an afternoon of poetry in the

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03 October
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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09 October
Potato Basket-Making with Welig Crafts

Potato Basket-Making with Welig Crafts

With Welig Heritage CraftsPotato baskets were once made in their thousands around the shores of

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16 October
Poetry Masterclass with Jessica Traynor

Poetry Masterclass with Jessica Traynor

Seamus Heaney HomePlace is delighted to welcome Jessica Traynor as our Poet-in-Residence for this

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23 October
‘Westering’: An Afternoon with Louise Kennedy, Una Mannion and Alice Lyons

‘Westering’: An Afternoon with Louise Kennedy, Una Mannion and Alice Lyons

HomePlace is delighted to welcome three of Sligo's best literary stars to celebrate their

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29 October
As If I Cared: A Poetry Reading with Damian Gorman

As If I Cared: A Poetry Reading with Damian Gorman

Receiving its official launch this evening, As If I Cared is the new book

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29 October
Writing Your Heart Out with Damian Gorman

Writing Your Heart Out with Damian Gorman

Acclaimed writer Damian Gorman hosts this half-day workshop aimed at instilling self-belief and encouraging

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05 November
Writing from the North-West with Susan McKay, Darran Anderson and Michelle Gallen

Writing from the North-West with Susan McKay, Darran Anderson and Michelle Gallen

With Susan McKay, Darran Anderson and Michelle Gallen Chaired by Freya McClements Join us

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06 November
Irish Linen Lantern Making with Ruth Osborne

Irish Linen Lantern Making with Ruth Osborne

Following this summer's sold out workshop, Ruth Osbourne returns with her Irish Linen Lantern

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13 November
Steve Cooney and Cormac Breatnach in Concert

Steve Cooney and Cormac Breatnach in Concert

‘Master Cooney restores the ancient link between lyre and lyric, between poetry and performance,

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27 November
Brian Moore at 100: A Centenary Celebration

Brian Moore at 100: A Centenary Celebration

With Gerald Dawe, Sinead Moynihan and Vittoria Cafolla. Chaired by Alison Garden Belfast-born Brian

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28 November
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne: Film Screening

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne: Film Screening

A Film Screening, introduced by Hugh Odling-Smee of Film Hub NI In conjunction with

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11 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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11 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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Exhibition

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Education

Our Creative Zone Blog has engaging arts and craft based activities.

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