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Louise MacNeice


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'...And soon, my friend,
We shall have no time for dances...'

MacNeice contracted pneumonia while recording sound effects in a damp cave for a BBC assignment. He died on 4 September 1963, in London. He was just 55 years old. MacNeice was buried in the beautiful surroundings of the Co Down countryside, in the Church of Ireland graveyard, Carrowdore. His beloved mother is buried beside him.

MacNeice always felt himself a stranger in Ireland and in exile in England. He never settled in either place. From Carrowdore graveyard, you can see Belfast Lough in one direction and the coast of Scotland in the other. A fitting resting place for the poet who was always in between cultures and countries.

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For more information on MacNeice's grave, you can visit the Poetsgraves Website.

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