Kenagh man to star in Christmas Day tribute to Seamus Heaney on TG4

A Kenagh man will be one of the stars in a televised tribute to the late poet Seamus Heaney which will be broadcast on Christmas Day.

A Kenagh man will be one of the stars in a televised tribute to the late poet Seamus Heaney which will be broadcast on Christmas Day.

Eamon Egan will appear alongside his grandson Bernard in a special edition of ‘Imeall’ on TG4 in footage of horse-drawn ploughing recorded at Glanmore in Ballymahon. Mr Egan’s horses Croger and Jerry will also make an appearance, and the images will accompany a reading of Seamus Heaney’s poem, ‘The Follower’.

The programme will celebrate the life of Heaney, combining humorous stories with more emotive reflections.

Featuring readings from Heaney himself, as well as from citizens North and South, the show will also include a musical performance from his collaborator and friend Liam O’Flynn on the uileann pipes, which will put the focus on how the Gaelic literary tradition informed his understanding of Ireland.

When Seamus Heaney passed away in September, tribues poured in from across the globe. As a poet, he connected with millions of people, and as a teacher he nurtured thousands of students and budding poets on both sides of the Atlantic. As a friend he enriched the life of many, and as a family man he balanced his twin roles of poet and bread-winner with ease and ensured the family home was filled with warmth, love and kindness.

The programme will make for perfect Christmas Day viewing, and at its end it will become obvious that a national treasure has been lost.

The programme airs on TG4 at 8.45pm on Christmas Day.