September 3rd, 2013 - Pat Breen

img_4966Pictured at the Mexican Embassy last year at the launch of his book “Human Chain”, which was translated into Spanish “Cudena Humana” by the Mexican Poet Para Lopez-Columé. From Left to Right: Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney RIP, Chairman of the Oireachas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen T.D. and Clare County Councillor Gabriel Keating.

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has paid tribute to Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney RIP on his death, describing him as one of Ireland’s greatest national treasures whose poetic legacy will live on forever.

“I was saddened to hear of the death of Seamus Heaney. I had the privilege of meeting him on a number of occasions. The first time I met him was at a Diplomatic event in Dublin and he made a very big impression on me. Sadly, the last time we met was only two months ago in a Dublin Restaurant when he was celebrating a family birthday event. On that occasion, he came over to greet me and took pride in introducing his wife Marie, daughter Catherine Ann, his sons and family.

He was in great form and he was so very friendly. He was very interested in hearing about County Clare. He loved his visits to Clare and his poem “The Flaggy Shore”, which exalts the beauty of the North Clare Coast reflects the esteem in which he held the County.
Seamus Heaney was a very charismatic and interesting man whose ability to bring poetry to life endeared him to all generations of Irish People.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Marie, his daughter Catherine Ann, sons Michael and Christopher and all of his family and by the ordinary people of Ireland.

His memory however will live on forever through his poetry.”
Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís.