Seamus Heaney lived at Mossbawn, the family farm near Castledawson, for most of his childhood. When Heaney was aged 14 and boarding at St Columb’s College, the family moved to a new farm, The Wood, outside the village of Bellaghy.
After his marriage to Marie Devlin in 1965, Seamus Heaney lived in Belfast until 1972, when the family moved to County Wicklow. They lived for four years in Glanmore Cottage, a small gate lodge owned by their friend, the Canadian academic Ann Saddlemyer. In 1976, the Heaney family moved to Sandymount, in Dublin, where Seamus Heaney lived for the rest of his life.