5 things to do this week

Maverick Sabre is one of the headline acts kicking off Limerick's City of Culture 2014


Merchant’s Quay, Limerick

Tuesday: Dolores O’Riordan and Maverick Sabre headline as Limerick kicks off its tenure as Ireland’s first City of Culture. limerickcityofculture.ie

2|live music|SHARON SHANNON

INEC, Killarney

Tonight: The wonder-accordionist is joined by Shane McGowan and Mundy. inec.ie

3|live music|MICK FLANNERY

Cork Opera House

Tuesday: The Blarney boy plays his first gig in Cork since taking City Hall by storm in June. corkoperahouse.ie

4|live music|JACK L

The Everyman, Cork

Tuesday: The singer has covered everyone from Jacques Brel to Kurt Cobain. His latest release is The Great Wall of China EP. jacklukeman.com

5|live music|THE 28TH VIBE FOR PHILO

Vicar Street, Dublin

Saturday: The late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott is celebrated is this concert by his friends and admirers. vibeforphilo.com


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