Dermot Healy: Tributes paid after death of Irish writer

Dermot Healy Image copyright Ciaran McCauley
Image caption Dermot Healy was described as the 'heir' to writer Patrick Kavanagh

The Irish writer Dermot Healy has died aged 66.

Born in Finea, County Westweath, Mr Healy was the author of novels, short stories, plays and five collections of poems.

The late Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney described Mr Healy as the "heir" to Irish writer Patrick Kavanagh.

Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle said he was "Ireland's greatest writer".

Mr Healy lived in Ballyconnell, County Sligo but had spent his childhood in County Cavan, which he described in his memoir The Bend for Home.

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