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In pictures: The funeral of Seamus Heaney

Heaney, a Derry native, had called Dublin his home for the past number of decades.

SEAMUS HEANEY WAS buried in his native Bellaghy in Derry today following a funeral in the Church of the Sacred Heart in Dublin

Even in death,  his final words to his wife, “Don’t be afraid”, received praise for their thoughtful simplicity.

Hundreds of mourners from all sections of Irish society attended the moving service.

Below is a selection of images as Ireland said goodbye to one of its true literary greats.

In pictures: The funeral of Seamus Heaney
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    People watch the remains of Seamus Heaney, being carried for burial at St Mary's Church, Bellaghy, Co Derry. Source: Paul Faith/PA Wire
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    Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness and former President Mary McAleese speaking with priest.Source: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
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    Seamus Heaney's coffin is carried from the Church of the Scared Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin by his sons Michael (left), Christopher (right).Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    The Dubliners' John Sheahan.Source: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
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    Bono with his wife Alison Hewson.Source: Liam McBurney
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    Pogue's frontman Shane MacGowan.Source: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
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    Heaney’s friend and collaborator Liam O’Flynn played the uileann pipes to open the ceremony with Neil Martin playing the cello.Source: Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
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    Singer-songwriter and fellow Ulsterman Paul Brady.Source: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
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    Source: (Photo: Paul Faith/PA Wire)

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