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I think I would want to start by identifying the way in which folklore is actually an improtant part of every single culture, not just Irish culture. You could relate your discussion to the role of epic literature in showing how such myths and legends--the stuff of folklore--are so vital in creating a sense of national and cultural identity that separate people from others and give them a sense of nationhood and something to believe in. Clearly this is something that we can easily see to be true for the Greeks in The Iliad and The Odyssey, but also for the Romans in The Aeneid. I have included a few links for you below so that you can learn more about Irish folktales, but even the most cursory review and the enduring popularity of such tales shows how these myths and legends are important in creating a sense of identity and self that of course is vital in establishing an Irish culture.
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