Throughout history, music has been associated with Ireland. Its people have made a huge impact on the world of music over the decades and genres from Country, Traditional, Soul, Celtic Rock and Pop have been hugely influenced by Irish artists.
Ireland's musical history dates back over 2,000 years. Indeed St Columcille (521-597 AD) one of the twelve apostles of Ireland described the clerics of Ireland as having the ability to "sing like birds". Irish saints are well known by hymnologists for writing some of the earliest known hymns.
Unlike most other European countries who have lost their native country music, the country music of Ireland has become increasing popular.