The Abbey Theatre and Poetry Ireland present

An Afterwards: A Celebration of Seamus Heaney

3 September 2023

Booking Information

Date: 3 September 2023
On the Abbey stage

Time: 6pm

Tickets: €25 / €20 Conc.


An evening in celebration of the life and work of Seamus Heaney

“walk on air against your better judgement”
– Seamus Heaney, ‘The Gravel Walks’


The Abbey Theatre and Poetry Ireland, with the support of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, are proud to present An Afterwards: A Celebration of Seamus Heaney.

An evening of poetry and song marking 10 years since the death of one of Ireland’s most-loved poetic voices, An Afterwards brings together a range of poets and musicians to celebrate this consummate craftsman of words.

To quote fellow poet Vona Groarke: “To read Seamus Heaney is to learn how a poem is put together: how, like a musical instrument, its stops and openings can be coordinated and played beautifully.”

His artistic and creative influence, and the genuine affection in which he is held nationwide and further afield, are widely acknowledged. This evening celebrates his legacy in his own words and those of others.

Featuring readings of some of Heaney’s most iconic works and new works by Vona Groarke and Mícheál McCann; as well as music by Hellas Ensemble, Neil Martin, Soak, and Louise Mulcahy, this will be an atmospheric evening not to be missed.

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