Culture vulture: What not to miss this week
Whether you are staying in or going out, we pick the events not to miss this week.
Melancholic for the people
The Magnetic Fields
Moochy troubadour Stephin Merritt brings his chamber pop troupe to the National Concert Hall to perform new opus, 50 Song Memoir, across two nights. That's 25 songs per evening, each brimming with Merritt's trademark dry wit and epic ennui.
NCH Dublin, Monday and Tuesday.
Keeping it Country
Rural Ireland is second only to the American heartland in its passion for country music. A new festival, which will swap its line-up between Westport and Enniskillen over the weekend, aims to tap this fervour, with Miranda Lambert (pictured), Nathan Carter and Charley Pride headlining. Westport House, Saturday and Sunday.
Screen in all the right places
IFI Family Festival
A child-friendly celebration of cinema and literature with readings, screenings and workshops through the weekend. Includes a screening on Sunday of the adaptation of beloved storybook We're Going On A Bear Hunt. IFI, Dublin, Friday to Sunday.
The radio show
A profile of a tiny Co Derry GAA club which chased All-Ireland titles in hurling, football and camogie. How did they do it - and what does their success say about the GAA's place in the wider community?
RTE One, Saturday, 1pm.
The TV Shows
Game of Thrones finale
It's been an up and down season of Game Of Thrones, with fantastic set-pieces undermined by logic-defying twists (how precisely did Gendry reach the Wall in 10 minutes?). But the finale is here and fans believe at least one major mystery - the secret of Jon Snow's parentage - is about to be solved. Fingers crossed for a bonus zombie dragon cameo.
Sky Atlantic, Monday, 9pm
The box set
You can't escape Stephen King at the moment. On the heels of Idris Elba in The Dark Tower and the forthcoming remake of It, Netflix is debuting this cheesy but enjoyable adaptation of his 1980 novella. The setting is once again a small New England town, in which dark deeds take place behind closed doors and where suburban bliss is about to be interrupted by a creeping fog, full of icky supernatural bugs. Netflix from today.