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Dublin Airport unveils tapestry in memory of Seamus Heaney

A tapestry in honour of the late Irish poet, playwright and Nobel Prize winner for literature, Seamus Heaney, is the latest new addition to the artwork at Dublin Airport.

Suspended from the ceiling of Terminal 2, on the Departures Floor, the impressive 4m by 4.5m Aubusson tapestry is clearly visible to all departing passengers.

Called ‘Out of The Marvellous’, the tapestry was designed by acclaimed New York based Czech artist, Peter Sis, and woven over the five months by master weavers in Atelier Pinton in Aubusson, France. 

The tapestry project was conceived and commissioned by Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey on behalf of Amnesty International.

The late Seamus Heaney was a great Amnesty supporter for over 30 years and dedicated a poem to Amnesty titled ‘From The Republic of Conscience’, which inspired the ‘Ambassador of Conscience’ Award – the global organisation’s most prestigious international honour.

Celebrities such as Paul Simon and U2’s Bono and The Edge joined Dublin Airport Authority in supporting the project.

Paul Simon, who unveiled the tapestry, said: “How wonderful that the memory of Seamus Heaney be celebrated with a work of art. It speaks not only to the great affection with which his country holds him, but also to a love of poetry that is a sacred part of the Irish soul. 

“Travellers would do well to carry Seamus Heaney's words with them as they journey around the globe. He was, truly, a poet for all the world.”

U2 band members Bono and The Edge also paid tribute to Seamus Heaney.

Bono commented: "With my life, I pass through a lot of airports. Seamus' poems are my companion on every journey... they come with me wherever I go.

“Now, when any of us travel, be it leaving our home or our visitors returning to their own homes, Seamus will be there to bid us all farewell." 

The Edge added: “Seamus Heaney was an inspiration to our band – as well as to politicians, artists, dreamers and all in between, from every corner of the world.

“I love the idea that the words of this great poet – and Sís’ beautiful tapestry – will send travellers from Ireland and beyond safely on their way ‘out of the marvellous’.” 

Kevin Toland, CEO of Dublin Airport Authority, added: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase this wonderful tapestry to millions of travellers at Dublin Airport, in honour of a man who was uniquely of Ireland, but who wove our stories so vividly for the world.” 

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