Queens University celebrates Seamus Heaney in New York

Portrait of Seamus Heaney by Colin Davidson.

By Irish America Staff
December / January 2020

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Professor Ian Greer, president and vice-chancellor for Queen’s University, Belfast, for a Seamus Heaney event on Monday, October 28, 2019. The VC was hosting the event to celebrate 15 years of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s.  Held in the Drawing Room at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, the evening included contributions from Nick Laird, the N.I. novelist and poet who now holds a chair with the Heaney Centre, the poet Leontia Flynn, and the painter Colin Davidson, who shared his experiences of painting Seamus Heaney. Davidson is now working on a portrait of the late Tom Moran, the former CEO of Mutual of America, who served as chancellor of Queen’s
University for many years. ♦

Painter Colin Davidson and New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm
The writer Zadie Smith is pictured with her husband, novelist and poet Nick Laird, and director Glenn Patterson, director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast.
Patricia Harty and Natalie Trott of Queen’s University
Joe and Mary Lou Quinlan and Ian Greer Vice Chancellor for Queens University.

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