CELEBRATE the local talent, dedication and hard work at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) High Achiever Awards – Leinster Concert and Awards Ceremony in the Visual, Carlow, on 12 January at 3pm. The RIAM established these awards in 2000 to recognise the huge educational value and priceless experience of live public performance in the community. Now it has grown and identifies the rich young talent in Ireland today through a series of regional concerts and award ceremonies spread throughout Ireland each year. Admission is free.

APPRECIATE the music of Irish rock band Aslan on 10 January when they play the Clonmel Park Hotel, Tipperary. Aslan took their name from CS Lewis’s series of books and came from Dublin’s northside in the mid-1980s. 2018 saw Aslan release their first single in five years. They have released six studio albums and sold out numerous venues across the UK and Ireland. Aslan are currently touring the UK and Ireland. Tickets cost €27.50 and are available from Ticketmaster and the hotel reception. For more information see