Tourism Ireland and Mid Ulster Council hosted an event in The Bloomsbury Hotel in London last night, to celebrate the work of Seamus Heaney and to promote the Seamus Heaney HomePlace visitor attraction in Bellaghy, to a ‘Culturally Curious’ audience in Britain.
The invited audience included influential representatives of the GB travel industry and media, as well as members of the Heaney family. They heard award-winning actors Adrian Dunbar and Bríd Brennan perform Heaney’s poetry; and Professors Roy Foster and Bernard O’Donoghue took part in an ‘In Conversation’ about Heaney and the influence of Bellaghy on his work. A new Seamus Heaney HomePlace film was also launched; narrated by Liam Neeson, the short film showcases Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy and the beauty of the surrounding countryside and its inspiration for the Nobel Laureate’s work. Click here to view the film, entitled Journey to Seamus Heaney HomePlace.
Tourism Ireland also launched a new Seamus Heaney page on its website, Ireland.com, as part of its wider campaign with Mid Ulster Council to promote Seamus Heaney HomePlace.
Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain, said: “We were delighted to host this special Seamus Heaney event, in conjunction with Mid Ulster Council, celebrating the life and literature of one of Ireland’s greatest writers and his links with Bellaghy and this beautiful area. The new film, Journey to Seamus Heaney HomePlace, and our new pages on Ireland.com, will help to showcase further what makes this area so special.”
Promoting Seamus Heaney HomePlace around the world is just one element of Tourism Ireland’s busy programme of activity in 2018, to continue to grow overseas visitor numbers to Northern Ireland.