Published Tuesday, 03 September 2013
The famous poet and playwright was laid to rest in the cemetery at St Mary's Church on Monday.
He died on Friday in Dublin following recent ill health.
Family and friends of the 74-year-old were joined by leading politicians and figures from the arts world for his funeral mass at Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in the Irish capital, before his burial.
Initially, it was intended the poet would be buried in the Heaney family plot.
But it was decided the literary giant deserved a special place, next to his family but in his own place of honour.
Father Andrew Dolan said visitors began arriving before his funeral.
"Already on Sunday, people were coming, droves of them and last night a lot of people were around his grave reciting poetry and playing harps and music," he said.
"In the longer term we're going to have to prepare the place for that in the design around the cemetery in years to come.
"I think we have a duty to make it accessible but I think we couldn't have created the spot that nature has created in that corner."
Those on the 'Heaney trail' can also visit the Bellaghy Bawn, a fortified house and wall built in 1619, which was renovated and opened in 1996 by Heaney.
The Bawn has resources on site including a collection of his broadcasts and exhibitions on local history and Seamus Heaney's poetry.
A copper statue interpreting the famous 'Digging' poem is another attraction in honour of the late local.
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