David Hammond(Oct. 5 1928 – Aug. 25 2008)

In an Obituary published in today’s issue of The Guardian, the Nobel Prizewinning  poet Seamus Heaney writes of his late friend, the singer, film-maker and broadcaster, David Hammond.

David, who has died aged 79, was a singer, film-maker and broadcaster whose unique combination of passion and insouciance made him a force for good in Irish life, public and private, north and south, for the past 50 years. He was in the widest sense an educator, an Ulsterman who was at ease with being an Irishman, a lifelong resident of Belfast immune to its constricting ideologies, free from its sectarianism, exultantly and resolutely his egalitarian self

 This brings to mind Act, Scene 2 of Hamlet in which Hamlet, talking about his late father, says: 


He was a man, take him for all in all,
I shall not look upon his like again.



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