Hollywood actor Liam Neeson said Ireland had lost a part of its soul with the death of the renowned poet.
"With Seamus Heaney's passing, Ireland, and Northern Ireland especially, has lost a part of its artistic soul," said the Co Antrim-born star.
"He crafted, through his poetry, who we are as a species and the living soil that we toiled in.
"By doing so, he defined our place in the universe. May he rest in peace," he told the BBC.
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