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Poet Seamus Heaney dies aged 74

30 August 2013 Last updated at 22:58 BST

Seamus Heaney, acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats, has died at the age of 74.

Heaney was born near Toomebridge, Northern Ireland, but as a child moved to Bellaghy.

He was a teacher and then had a distinguished career in poetry, winning many honours, including the Nobel prize for literature in 1995.

He had recently suffered from ill health.

Nick Higham looks back at his life.

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