Seamus Heaney was born near Castledawson, County Derry, and grew up on his father’s small farm. He was the eldest in a Catholic family of nine children. Heaney attended St. Columb’s College, Derry, and moved in 1957 to Belfast to continue his studies. In 1961 Heaney graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast, and was then trained as a teacher at St. Joseph’s College of Education. After one year as a secondary school teacher, Heaney returned to St. Joseph’s, where he was a lecturer for three years. In 1966 he became a lecturer at Queen University.