I should like to dedicate my commentaries on The Haw Lantern to passionate Heaney aficionado Eugene Kielt. Eugene knows Heaney’s stamping ground around Mossbawn, Catledawson and Bellaghy like the back of his hand and he took great pleasure in passing on to me his scholarship, anecdotes and precious insights when I stayed with him and his wife Gerardine at their excellent Laurel Villa Guesthouse in Magherafelt ( Eugene, you brought it all to life for me and I count you as a friend. Thank you so much. Foreword Seamus Heaney’s The Haw Lantern is the poet’s seventh collection published by Faber and Faber in 1987. By that stage Seamus Heaney is a highly cultured, sensitive, northern Irish Catholic approaching fifty […]