The tour itinerary is the same whether or not you take optional extras.
Your tour starts at the Turf Man Sculpture at Bellaghy Bawn where you will hear the enchanting tale of how this bend in the road changed Seamus Heaneyâs life forever. Next will be to the Wolfe Toneâs Gaelic Athletic Association Club where you get to understand the powerful influence of gaelic games on the life of the community and how the local GAA celebrated Seamus Heaneyâs winning of the Nobel Prize for literature.
A short walk will take you back to Castle Street where you will learn of the long history of this roadway that dates from 1612 and one of the most tumultous times in Irish history. You will also hear from Seamus Heaney himself through the poetry where he recalls the cattle market here.
Your next stop will be at the sculpture in William Street, the outcome of a Bellaghy Womenâs Group project to celebrate the working life of women in the area over the years. Youâll also hear the frightful tale of the strange goings-on in the old shirt factory across the way!
You will then make your way up the âstair headâ â one of Bellaghyâs oldest features â on your way down William Street towards St Maryâs Church and graveyard, where Seamus Heaney lies at rest. On the way youâll hear about some of the characters from Bellaghyâs history and the old rectory, sadly now lying empty on the villages edge.
On arrival at St Maryâs, you will hear the history of this 19th century Roman Catholic Church and how it has played a pivotal role in the long and sometimes troubled history of Bellaghy. You can sign the visitors book in Seamus Heaneyâs memory here, before making your way to the poetâs final resting place âin the elbow to the stone wall and the oak treeâ.
After walking back up through Bellaghy, you will hear the history of St Taoideâs Church of Ireland, the Manor House and Police Station before finishing with a tour of the Seamus Heaney HomePlace (you can alternatively start your trip with a HomePlace visit).
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. WIll not operate in extreme weather
If canceled due to extreme weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund