Seamus Heaney Home

Exploring Nature and Literature at HomePlace

Join us for ‘Exploring Nature and Literature at HomePlace’ on April 4, 2024.


3pm – SHHP Exhibition tour

Visit the award winning exhibition that takes you on an inspiring exploration of Seamus Heaney’s life and literature.

A carefully curated collection of poetry, photographs and stories guide you from his formative years in the Bellaghy area to becoming one of Ireland’s greatest writers.

4:30pm- RSPB; The Strand at Lough Beg

Embark on an immersive journey as you’re guided through the scenic wonders of The Strand at Lough Beg!

Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘The Strand at Lough Beg’ takes its name from a place where his family’s cattle once grazed. Heaney had fond memories of visiting the Strand with his father at the end of the day to check on the herd.

Be guided along the charming boardwalk and winding through the enchanting woodland. Your guide will share insights into how RSPB expertly manages the habitat, focusing on priority species like Lapwing, Redshank, and the rare Irish Lady’s Tresses Orchid. Join us for an informative stroll, where you will discuss the breeding habits of priority bird species and highlight the migratory wonders that grace the site during winter. Feel free to ask questions and engage in the fascinating world of plant species flourishing in this serene environment. It’s not just a walk; it’s a captivating experience where nature and knowledge seamlessly come together.

5:45pm- return to SHHP to avail of our café facilities or The Taphouse next door. (not included in tour price).

7:30pm Dara McAnulty In Conversation
With Marie Louise Muir

Dara McAnulty is the teenage author of Diary of a Young Naturalist, his critically acclaimed debut work of non-fiction. Written in poetic prose, the diary explores his deep relationship with nature alongside campaigning work and the everyday challenges and joys of being autistic. It has received huge critical acclaim!

In July 2021, ‘Wild Child’ Dara’s first children’s book was published, an immersive and joyful interactive reading experience for children, encouraging them to get outside and explore the nature around them. The follow-up book ‘A Wild Child’s Book of Birds’ was published the following year and both titles were shortlisted for The Wainwright Prize Dara is a prolific environmental campaigner and has worked with Chris Packham, The RSPB, The National Trust and The Wildlife Trusts. He is an ambassador for the RSPCA and The Jane Goodall Institute. He writes a regular column for the Irish Times and has been commissioned by BBC Radio Ulster to write and broadcast for radio. He is one of BBC Countryfile’s four ‘Young Naturalists’ and has made four films alongside the show, highlighting his love for nature and his writing.


There must be a minimum number of 10 bookings for this tour to commence.

Visitors must have their own transportation from Seamus Heaney HomePlace to The Strand at Lough Beg, Church Island (approx. 5min drive).

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