U2 fork out for youth music scheme
U2 have stumped up 5 million euro to ensure 10,000 Irish youngsters learn music.
The rock band donated the money to bring a pilot scheme nationwide and search for hidden talent.
Guitarist The Edge said it was exciting that the group's millions would give so many children an opportunity in music.
"Music is - obviously - the world to us and we were lucky enough to have it at school," he said.
"But even if you choose not to make it your job, learning music is proven to have a hugely positive effect on society in general.
"It's exciting that thousands of Ireland's children and young people will have the opportunity for tuition."
Money from U2, and 2 million euro from the Ireland Funds, ensures the Music Generation project has enough money to run until 2014.
It is hoped 12 schemes will be set up in separate Irish counties in the next three years teaching thousands of children how to play an instrument or sing.