A Book of Condolence for the late Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney, opened at Queen’s University on Monday morning .
Extending his condolences to Mr Heaney’s wife Marie and his three children Christopher, Michael and Catherine Ann, Queen’s Chancellor, His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General, said: “Through a lifetime of creative genius of immense generosity and gentleness, Seamus Heaney, in a most unassuming way, gave immeasurably of himself to Queen’s.
“His association with Queen’s as undergraduate, lecturer, wise mentor, friend and most distinguished alumnus of Queen’s, uniquely enriched the life and learning of the University.
“Seamus himself said that poetry “can entrance you for a moment above the pool of your own consciousness and your own possibilities”.
“We have been entranced by his words, his wit, and above all by his wisdom and humanity. These are Seamus Heaney’s profound and enduring legacies to Queen’s University and to the world. We shall treasure his poetry and our memories, as much as we shall always miss his presence.
“It was a rare privilege for my wife Babli and myself to have known Seamus for long years. Our deepest condolences go to Marie and their family.’’
Queen’s Pro-Chancellor, Sir David Fell, added: “As a poet, Seamus Heaney was a giant among his generation, but he never lost the ability to generate warmth and good humour at the personal level. People often spoke about his modesty upon meeting him, but there was nothing ordinary about his generosity of spirit, intellect and simple human kindness from which Queen’s University benefited enormously. We will miss him terribly and offer our sincere sympathy to Marie, their children and the wider Heaney family circle.”