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Former Bellaghy RUC station to become Seamus Heaney Interpretive Centre

Minister of Culture and Arts Ms Car�l N� Chuil�n with plans for the Heaney Centre, Council officers and local people.

Minister of Culture and Arts Ms Car�l N� Chuil�n with plans for the Heaney Centre, Council officers and local people.

 

MAGHERAFELT District Council will be honouring one of its most famous sons - Seamus Heaney - with the erection of an Interpretive Centre in Bellaghy on the site of the former police station.

Heaney who died last August is buried in the South Derry village. His poetry is recognized as among the most beautiful in the English language. His poetic descriptions of rural life in Bellaghy and the surrounding area employ some of the most exquisite words written in the last century.

Local Councillor Patricia Smith said: “In light of this we have decided to develop the site of the old Bellaghy RUC station into ‘a Heaney Interpretive Centre’ which shall house a permanent exhibition of Seamus Heaney artefacts, including books and manuscripts.”

The Mid Ulster area has a thriving culture and arts sector that is firmly embedded within local community. The Interpretative Centre will build on the firm foundation already in place in the area and provide a community resource facility that can be used by various groups.

The aim is to create a flagship centre of the arts that will act as a beacon of excellence, providing unique, rewarding and inspirational opportunities for the people of Bellaghy, Mid-Ulster and beyond.

Full story in this Thursday’s Mid-Ulster Mail

 

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