That the country should so palpably pause last Friday morning is testament not just to the enduring special place of poets in the Irish imagination, but to the special personal qualities that Seamus Heaney conspicuously exhibited.
The wheel of life has run out for Heaney, and his family and enormous circle of friends will mourn a much-loved man in the coming days. The country will mourn with them the loss of someone who was truly...
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