Northern Ireland’s Noble prize winner poet Seamus Heaney, who died in August, is well remembered in Massachusetts, where he spent considerable time, lecturing at Harvard University and giving poetry readings for students at schools like Boston College, Northeastern University, Bridgewater State and Stonehill College.
On December 11, 2013 the Consulate General of Ireland holds a celebration at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Participants include fiddler SeamusConnolly, journalist Kevin Cullen, and academics Dr. Kelly Matthews and Dr. Catherine Shannon. The event is free and open to the public.
Then on April 13, 2014, Bridgewater State University holds a celebration on what would have been Heaney’s 75th birthday. Maureen Connelly, former Irish Echo columnist and English teacher at Bridgewater, has invited Dr. Sean O’Connell from UMass/Boston, journalist Kevin Cullen, writer Bill O’Donnell and others to participate.
Find year round details on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts and the New England states by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.