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15 May 2018

Liam Neeson narrates new film celebrating Heaney’s life, literature and inspiration

Tourism Ireland event promotes Seamus Heaney HomePlace in London

Tourism Ireland and Mid Ulster Council hosted an event in The Bloomsbury Hotel in London last night, to celebrate the work of Seamus Heaney and to promote the Seamus Heaney HomePlace visitor attraction in Bellaghy, Co Londonderry, to a ‘Culturally Curious’ audience in Britain.  

The invited audience included influential representatives of the GB travel industry and media, as well as members of the Heaney family. They heard award-winning actors Adrian Dunbar and Bríd Brennan perform Heaney’s poetry; and Professors Roy Foster and Bernard O’Donoghue took part in an ‘In Conversation’ about Heaney and the influence of Bellaghy on his work. A new Seamus Heaney HomePlace film was also launched; narrated by Liam Neeson, the short film showcases Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy and the beauty of the surrounding countryside and its inspiration for the Nobel Laureate’s work. Click here to view the film, entitled Journey to Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Tourism Ireland also launched a new Seamus Heaney page on its website,, as part of its wider campaign with Mid Ulster Council to promote Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain, said: “We were delighted to host this special Seamus Heaney event, in conjunction with Mid Ulster Council, celebrating the life and literature of one of Ireland's greatest writers and his links with Bellaghy and this beautiful area. The new film, Journey to Seamus Heaney HomePlace, and our new pages on, will help to showcase further what makes this area so special.”

Promoting Seamus Heaney HomePlace around the world is just one element of Tourism Ireland’s busy programme of activity in 2018, to continue to grow overseas visitor numbers to Northern Ireland. 
  Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland; Cllr Kim Ashton, Mid Ulster Council; actors Adrian Dunbar and Bríd Brennan; and Catherine Heaney, at an event in London to celebrate the work of Seamus Heaney and to promote Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is responsible for in excess of 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 61,300 jobs.
  • In 2017, we welcomed approximately 2.26 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of about £586 million. 
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.3 million visitors in 2017.