DUBLIN, Aug 30 - Seamus Heaney, one of the world's best-known poets and winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize for literature, has died aged 74, local media reported on Friday.

Northern Ireland-born Heaney, whose 12 volumes of poetry include his 1966 debut "Death of a Naturalist", "The Spirit Level", and last year's "District and Circle", had suffered recently from ill health.

(Reporting by Sam Cage; editing by Stephen Addison)