Poetry and pain at Dublin funeral of Seamus Heaney

FILE - Sunday, Dec. 10, 1995 photo from files showing Irish poet Seamus Heaney, center, displaying his Nobel literature prize medal, surrounded by his family, from left: his son Michael, daughter Catherine, his wife Marie and son Christopher, after receiving it from the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at the Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden. Seamus Heaney, Ireland’s foremost poet who won the Nobel literature prize in 1995, has died after a half-century exploring the wild beauty of Ireland and the political torment within the nation’s soul. He was 74. Heaney’s family and publisher, Faber & Faber, say in a statement that Heaney died Friday in a Dublin hospital. (AP Photo/Eric Roxfelt, File)

DUBLIN (AP) — With poetry and pain, Ireland is mourning the loss of its Nobel laureate poet, Seamus Heaney.

His funeral Monday in Dublin is being attended by many of Ireland's elite. Among those packing the pews of the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart are Irish government leaders, poets and novelists, Bono and The Edge from rock band U2, and former Lebanese hostage Brian Keenan.

Ireland's foremost uilleann piper, Liam O'Flynn, played a wailing lament before family members and friends offered a string of readings from the Bible and their own often-lyrical remembrances of the country's most celebrated writer of the late 20th century.

Heaney won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995. He died Friday in a Dublin hospital at the age of 74.