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U2 has donated €5 million (US$7.12 million) towards a program that teaches children Ireland to play a musical instrument or sing.

The Ireland Funds is an international organization that raises funds for causes in Ireland that will help manage the money and raise a further €2 million for the program.

“Being around music at a young age was important for us and we were lucky to have it at school,” said The Edge. “We had been looking for some time for a way to get involved in an initiative in music education in Ireland. After talking to various people in Ireland about what to do, we came to the conclusion that the Music Network scheme is really well thought out and that we, in partnership with the Ireland Funds, should just get behind it.”

The money – which will be released in a phased plan until 2015 – will help local education authorities in Ireland engage music teachers to provide instrumental and vocal lessons.

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