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'A great, great poet who changed my life' - Bono

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by the Irish Independent

Bono described Seamus Heaney as "a great, great poet" who "changed my life".

"In so many things he was a gentle genius, whose words challenged us with the grit and beauty of life as much as they gave us solace. He wrote with a brevity that strangely spilled to the brim," he said.

"We all envied how he made that most complicated of things, the balancing of work and family, appear so simple. In Marie he found his other whole. And it is a joy to be around his kids. . . Michael, Chris and Catherine Ann. They have all of his humility in their sharpness."

And Bono revealed he carried Heaney's poetry with him, including on a recent trip to Liberia. "I'm bewildered to think Seamus is no longer with us. Because his words will be around forever, it seemed so would he."

Actor Liam Neeson also said: "He crafted, through his poetry, who we are as a species. By doing so, he defined our place in the universe. May he rest in peace."

© Independent.ie

by the New York Film Academy

The public has a strange relationship with the children of the rich and famous. Whether through simple curiosity or through poisonous envy, many child starlets reach even greater notoriety than the parents themselves - as a case in point, compare the amount of column inches devoted to the entrepreneurial Kathy and Richard Hilton compared to their relatively talentless daughter, Paris.


Of course, many children with infamous parents revile the celebrity status which is practically handed to them at birth. Others strive to carve out their own niche and make a name for themselves off the back of their own exceptional talents rather than rely on their namesake.


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Bono's youngest daughter, Eve Hewson, is one such rising star.

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