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Poet Seamus Heaney dies

Irish poet and playwright Seamus Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize for literature, has died aged 74, according to BBC News.

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Heaney's poetry drew on Northern Ireland childhood

Seamus Heaney was born in April 1939 on a small farm called Mossbawn near Bellaghy in Co Derry, Northern Ireland. His upbringing often played out in the poetry he wrote in later years.

Seamus Heaney has died aged 74. Credit: Press Assocation

He was one of nine children and most recently lived in Dublin.

The Heaney family are expected to issue a statement on his death later.

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