Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has offered the following statement regarding the death of Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney:
“When the University of Notre Dame conferred an honorary degree upon Seamus Heaney at our Keough-Naughton Centre in Ireland in 2008, we recognized not only a literary giant, but a poet whose spiritual voice will live on through the ages.”
Heaney, who received the 1995 Nobel Prize in literature, visited Notre Dame for a poetry reading that year, shortly after receiving the Nobel Prize, and again in 2003. He died today (Aug. 30) in Dublin, Ireland at the age of 74.