Twelve times Grammy Awards winner Paul Simon was at Dublin airport yesterday to unveil a tapestry in honour of the late Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney on behalf of Amnesty International.
Seamus Heaney, arguably the greatest Irish poet of his generation, was a strong supporter of Amnesty International for more than three decades.
He even dedicated a poem to the movement titled “From the Republic of Conscience” which was the inspiration for the Ambassador of Conscience Award recognizing individuals who have promoted the cause of human rights through their life and by example.
“Seamus’s poetry, although it springs from the Irish soil, has a beauty and wisdom that nourishes anyone who reads it, in all the languages it is printed,” said Paul Simon as he described how the Nobel Laureate’s inspirational work.
The tapestry, commissioned for Amnesty International, was also supported by U2 lead singer Bono. It will now be seen by an estimated 10 million passengers each year as they travel through the airport’s Terminal Two.
“Seamus was the unofficial poet laureate of the entire Amnesty International global movement. He was a great friend and supporter and showed us by his life and with his writing what art in the light of conscience was all about,” said Bill Shipsey, Art for Amnesty founder.