Take That star Gary Barlow has announced a solo tour that includes two gigs in Ireland.

The 46-year-old will play at Dublin's Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Thursday May 10 and the INEC Killarney on Saturday May 12, 2018.

The tour will see him playing smaller venues than in recent years with Take That, and it's something he says he's looking forward to because it brings him "so much closer to the fans".

He added: "The audience always seem to love the intimacy of it all too. I’m also really looking forward to playing in a couple of cities I’ve never played before as well as getting a chance to meet the fans there."

Tickets for his Irish dates go on sale on Friday October 20 at 10am.