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Maldon: Seamus Heaney's love of Tiptree revealed
10:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in Local News
A teacher has revealed how the late Irish poet Seamus Heaney and his future wife enjoyed strawberry picking in Tiptree as their romance blossomed.
Brenda Johnson-Dennehy struck up a student friendship with Marie Heaney while at University College Dublin in 1974.
She lost touch with the couple after leaving Dublin but rekindled the friendship in August 2009 when she heard Marie being interviewed on the radio.
Mrs Johnson-Dennehy said: “To quote exactly from Marie’s letter: ‘I picked strawberries in Tiptree near Colchester at a student camp in 1963 - I had just met Seamus and he came to Tiptree to see me that summer - we both have happy memories of the place.”
Seamus Heaney's funeral was held on Monday.
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