The Irish are renowned writers, poets, storytellers. For 2,800 years we were a close knit tribal community on a small island that reached 8 million before the Famine in 1845. We wanted to stand out from our community by being the best storyteller in the room, or field. We spoke only Irish/Gaeilge. With no formal schooling we educated our children by making our history and heritage compelling on the ear. It is only in the last 200 years we have been affected by famine and mass emigration. Our English – both oral and written – is in fact Irish translated, and we are still a tribal community even if that tribe now is 70 million strong worldwide. And we still tell our stories in a compelling, highly lyrical way.