May 13, 2021
Mary Lou McDonald extends condolences on the passing of Seamus Deane

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has extended condolences to the family and friends of writer and critic, Seamus Deane.

Ms McDonald said;

“It is with great sadness that I learned this morning of the death of Seamus Deane. 

“He was one of Ireland’s most remarkable writers and leading intellectual lights. Seamus made exceptional contributions to literature, poetry and to the discourse surrounding our nation’s history. 

“His best known work –  ‘Reading in the Dark’ – is a deeply moving and powerful account of growing up in a divided society that has stood the test of time.

“An original member of Field Day with his friend Seamus Heaney, he will be remembered for his brilliant mind, for the courage of his convictions, and for the enthusiasm with which he expressed his opinions.

“There is no doubt that the work of Seamus Deane shaped our understanding of our country and of our society. His insights on the impact of colonialism on modern Irish life were incisive and poetic. 

“I am reminded this morning that as a teacher in Derry he taught our own Martin McGuinness. Martin described him as a kind man and an ideal teacher.

“Seamus Deane lived a remarkable life. He will be greatly missed. I extend my deepest sympathies to his partner Emer, to Marion, to his children and to all who cherished him.

“Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.”

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