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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 coffin taken to church ahead of funeral

Seamus Heaney's coffin is carried into the Church of the Scared Heart, Donnybrook, Dublin, for the requiem mass before his funeral tomorrow. Credit: PA

The body of poet Seamus Heaney was taken to a Dublin church tonight ahead of a funeral service for the Nobel Laureate tomorrow.

Heaney's widow Marie led mourners at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook for the removal mass.

Outside the church this evening, as the late summer sun bathed the exterior, family and friends hugged and exchanged stories about a poet already hailed as the best Ireland has produced since William Butler Yeats.

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