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Day of remembrance for Seamus Heaney 30.09.13

THE Mayor of Derry has extended the duration of a book of condolence for the late poet Seamus Heaney due to the large numbers of people travelling to the city to write messages of sympathy since his death last month.
More than 3,000 people have already filled four books of condolence at Derry’s Guildhall, prompting the local council to open a fifth book for a final week, until Friday, October 4.
Meanwhile, month's mind masses for the Co Derry-born Nobel laureate, who died on August 30, will be offered today at various locations around the country.
A large attendance is expected to join his family at a month's mind service at midday in St Mary's Church in Bellaghy, Co Derry.
Another memorial mass will be offered at 10.30am at Sligo Cathedral followed by a day of remembrance hosted by the Yeats Society.
The Yeats Memorial Building will be open from 11am until 3pm to allow people to congregate, recite poetry and recount their stories and memories of the much-loved wordsmith.
Derry Mayor, Cllr Martin Reilly, said arrangements were being put together to have the books of condolence delivered to the Heaney family.
“The hundreds of people that took the time to come into the Guildhall and convey their sympathies at the death of Seamus Heaney shows the depth of feeling people have for him," said Cllr Reilly.
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