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Ireland - Traditions
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman

1     Ireland is a country full of amazing culture and heritage. This island country in the north Atlantic is known for its free-spirited and friendly natives, its beautiful green landscapes and its art and music. Ireland's history spans thousands of years, but many of Ireland's great traditions from the past are present today.
2     One of Ireland's earliest traditions is the art of storytelling. Thousands of years ago, Irish storytellers told great tales of heroes, fairies, and the gods. In fact, the oldest epic poem of Europe is an Irish story. About 400 AD, when writing was introduced to Ireland, many of the stories were recorded and new ones were created.
3     Some Irish musicians put these stories to music. Ireland's musical tradition dates back as far as those early storytellers. The music of Ireland helped to shape much of Western music as it exists today. Traditional Irish music usually features strong and clear singing over upbeat and cheerful music. Irish musicians play a number of stringed instruments, many of which can be found in today's bluegrass and country music bands.

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