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Seamus Heaney dies at 74; Irish poet won Nobel Prize for literature
Seamus Heaney was already one of Ireland's best-known poets when the sectarian violence of "The Troubles" swept through Northern Ireland in the 1970s and '80s. An Irish Republican activist spotted him on a train and challenged Heaney to craft some words in support of the IRA fighters then waging a hunger strike in a British prison.
By Hector Tobar
August 30, 2013