Traditional? Haven't a clue. Delicious? Yes. Please serve this with my posted Irish soda bread. Pick up some lamb bones, too while you're at the butchers and make your own lamb broth for this stew. From our local natural foods' store flyer-I added and subtracted a few ingredients. Mom insisted I add some fresh cabbage to this. Okay, Ma! Note that I've not tried this stew with the optional whiskey.