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Airports (and a museum) remember Charlie Watts

The Rolling Stones’ drummer, Charlie Watts, died on Tuesday and several airports, including Philadelphia International Airport and Dublin Airport – and Seattle’s Museum of Flight – went into their archives to share photos.

Dublin Airport gets tapestry honoring Seamus Heaney

Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2 now has a specially-commissioned tapestry honoring the late poet Seamus Heaney.

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Tapestry honoring the late poet Seamus Heaney at Dublin Airport. Image courtesy of the airport

Created by New York-based Czech artist Peter Sis and titled Out Of the Marvellous – a line from a Heaney poem – the tapestry was woven by master weavers in France and dedicated at the airport by singer and songwriter Paul Simon who said:

“How wonderful that the memory of Seamus Heaney be celebrated with a work of art. It speaks not only to the great affection with which his country holds him but also to a love of poetry that is a sacred part of the Irish soul. Travelers would do well to carry Seamus Heaney’s words with them as they journey around the globe. He was, truly, a poet for all the world.”

St. Patrick’s Day at Heathrow and Dublin Airports

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London’s Heathrow Airport is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with some jigs, courtesy of the O’Sullivan School of Irish Dancing. The children, aged 6 – 16, welcomed passengers arriving into Terminal 5 before taking off to the World Championships in Dublin.

Passengers traveling through Heathrow’s terminals today will also be treated to live performances from Irish Folk bands the Long Notes and Beckett Duo.

At Dublin Airport, the whole dang place is green and will be continue to be bathed in green light every evening through Tuesday to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and The Gathering 2013, a year-long celebration of Irish culture.

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Dublin Airport will also have choirs, traditional Irish groups and local schools on hand to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend and both airport terminals are decked out with 11,000 balloons and bunting.