SH born on April 19, the eldest of nine children, to Margaret and Patrick Heaney, at the family farm, Mossbawn, about 30 miles northwest of Belfast in County Derry.
SH wins a scholarship to St. Columb's College, a Catholic boarding school situated in the city of Derry.
Attends Queen's University, Belfast.
Takes a teacher's certificate at St. Joseph's College in Belfast.
Becomes a lecturer at St. Joseph's College.
Becomes a lecturer at Queen's University. Marries Marie Devlin.
Death of a Naturalist. Son, Michael, is born.
Son, Christopher, is born.
Door Into The Dark.
Visiting lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley.
Wintering Out. Moves to the Republic of Ireland.
Daughter, Catherine Ann, is born.
Begins teaching at Carysfort College in Dublin.
Moves his family to Dublin.
North. Gains international fame.
Selected Poems 1965-1975. Preoccupations: Selected Prose 1968-1978.
Becomes visiting professor at Harvard.
Station Island. Named Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. Mother dies.
The Haw Lantern.
The Government of the Tongue.
The Place of Writing. Becomes Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.
New Selected Poems 1966-1987.
Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The Redress of Poetry: Oxford Lectures.
The Spirit Level.
Beowulf: A New Translation. Spends 10 weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller List.
Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry opens at Queens University, Belfast. SH places a substantial portion of his literary archive at Emory University.
District and Circle. Named one of the 10 best books of the decade. SH suffers stroke.
The Human Chain. Many of the peoms collected here are about his experiences after his stroke, which left him "babyish" and "on the brink."
30 August: SH dies in Blackrock Clinic, Dublin. After a fall outside a restaurant in Dublin, he entered hospital for a medical procedure, but died at 7:30 the following morning before it took place.
His funeral was held in Donnybrook, Dublin, on the morning of 2 September 2013, and he was buried in the evening at his home village of Bellaghy, in the same graveyard as his parents, young brother, and other family members. His son Michael revealed at the funeral mass that his father texted his final words, "Noli timere" (Latin: "Be not afraid"), to his wife, Marie, minutes before he died.
The day after his death, a crowd of 81,553 spectators applauded Heaney for three minutes at an All-Ireland Gaelic football semi-final match on 1 September. His funeral was broadcast live the following day on RTÉ television and radio and was streamed internationally at RTÉ's website.
I want to avoid preaching at you but I do want to convince you that the true and durable path into and through experience involves being true to the actual givens of your lives. True to your own solitude, true to your own secret knowledge. Because oddly enough, it is that intimate, deeply personal knowledge that links us most vitally and keeps us most reliably connected to one another.