We are three sixtyish-young sisters starting to plan 14 full days in Ireland in September ’09. We are trying to decide which is more preferable…..the 2nd and 3rd week or the 3rd and 4th week of September as it relates for better weather, less tourist crowds, and possibly less expensive lodging? We plan to rent a car and explore areas in the southeast, southwest, and western areas of Ireland with only a day or two in Dublin, if at all. We hope to travel leisurely, staying in B&B’s and hostals. Would it be necessary to reserve rooms in advance at that time of year? We would prefer to have a flexible itinerary if possible. Would this also give us enough time to visit Donegal County in the north or would this further excursion be far too much for the time allotted and be worth taking the time from our southern leisurely exploration? Also, which airport, Dublin or Shannon, would be the airport of choice for ease of use and accessibilty? We may need further advice as well from trip advisor as we continue to make our plans over the coming months. Thanks!