In my martial arts training, it is humbling to think that I am the recipient of 5,000 years of tradition, during which time people have honed their skills and their training techniques, finding out what works, and eliminating what doesn't. It is similary humbling to be the recipient of the centuries-old tradition of music and dance in Ireland.

There are many people who have helped me learn about and begin to understand that tradition. Each has opened my eyes in some unique and special way.

I'd like to thank:

Finally, I'd like to thank all of the people, too numerous to mention, with whom I've shared dances and music sessions. And all of the remarkably friendly people in Ireland, who set a new standard for the words "hospitality to strangers". To all of you, and to all of my future teachers, thank you for introducing me to this tradition and for helping me grow in it.

Eric Armstrong

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