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Seamus Heaney Archive, Bellaghy, Magherafelt

Explore the history and background of the area that inspired Heaney's poetry. Visit the Bawn library devoted to his work and see the unique material from the poet, including a number of his manuscripts, books and old schoolbag.

Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Belfast

The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's is a focal point for writing, criticism and appreciation of modern literature. Its director is the internationally renowned poet,

Belfast Through Writers Eyes Exhibition, Belfast

Located in the Ulster hall, the Belfast Through Writers Eyes literary exhibition is a celebration of Belfast writing through the ages, featuring storyboards and information that will enable you to get to know our authors, playwrights and poets.

Armagh Public Library, Armagh

Established in 1771, Armagh Public Library is one of the oldest libraries in Ireland. There are many rare and valuable books housed here and it is also a registered museum which holds prints, ancient Irish artifacts, gems and coins.

Bellaghy Bawn, Bellaghy, Magherafelt

Built around 1619 by Sir Baptist Jones, Bellaghy Bawn is a fortified house and bawn (the defensive wall surrounding an Irish tower house).

Linen Hall Library, Belfast

Founded in 1788, Linen Hall Library is a truly unique institution. As the oldest library in Belfast and the last subscribing library in Ireland, it has an impressive Irish and Local Studies Collection and houses a significant genealogy section.

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