Books of condolence have been opened for Seamus Heaney at his old university in Belfast and in Londonderry’s Guildhall.
Another will be opened at Belfast’s City Hall this morning.
Chancellor of Queen’s, Kamalesh Sharma, said the Nobel laureate’s association with the university had “uniquely enriched the life and learning” of Queen’s.
“We have been entranced by his words, his wit, and above all by his wisdom and humanity. These are Seamus Heaney’s profound and enduring legacies to Queen’s University and to the world.
“We shall treasure his poetry and our memories, as much as we shall always miss his presence,” he said.
Queen’s pro-chancellor, Sir David Fell, offered sympathy to the Heaney family circle and added: “As a poet, Seamus Heaney was a giant among his generation, but he never lost the ability to generate warmth and good humour at the personal level.
“People often spoke about his modesty upon meeting him, but there was nothing ordinary about his generosity of spirit, intellect and simple human kindness from which Queen’s University benefitted enormously.”