Seamus Heaney, Ireland's foremost poet who won the Nobel literature prize in 1995, has died at the age of 74, his family and publisher have confirmed.
The literary great passed away in a Dublin hospital earlier today.
Heaney spent the better part of a half-century exploring the wild beauty of Ireland and the political torment within the nation's soul, to critical and popular acclaim.
With his 13 collections of poetry, two plays, four prose works on the process of poetry, Heaney was widely considered Ireland's best poet since William Butler Yeats.
The Northern Ireland-born Heaney toured universities worldwide after his 1995 Nobel win but significantly curtailed his work following a 2006 stroke.