Seamus Heaney was voice of N.Ireland's agony, funeral hears
DUBLIN, Leinster (AFP) - Irish writer and poet Seamus Heaney was described as the voice of Northern Ireland's pain and suffering during his funeral mass in Dublin Monday, attended by the literary elite and rock superstars U2.
Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, passed away aged 74 on Friday after a short illness.
His work dealt extensively with over three decades of sectarian violence, bombings and murders in Northern Ireland, known as the Troubles.
"When we read that series of sharp-witted paradoxes that we call the beatitudes it cannot but strike us how many of them apply readily to our memories of Seamus Heaney," chief celebrant of the mass, Monsignor Brendan Devlin, told the packed church.