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Published on May 14, 2012
On May 2nd, former US Poet Laureate (2001-03) Billy Collins was honored by Ambassador Rooney with a reception at his Residence in the Phoenix Park. Mr. Collins was in Ireland for the Galway Cuirt Festival, as well as a follow-on Poetry Symposium at Trinity College. At the Embassy's tenth anniversary Commemoration of September 11, Mrs. Patricia Rooney had read HIS haunting poem, THE NAMES, which he had written to remember the victims of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. In this video Collins reflects on his favourite Irish poets and speaks about the unique experience of being U.S. Poet Laureate.