We(Mixed group in our 30s) are planning to visit Ireland in October for 5 days before flying to London. Our original plan was to fly into Shannon and stay in Galway 2 days before hopping the train to Dublin for another couple days before departing for London. We thought we would see the Cliffs of Moher, Burrens and maybe some ruins on the west coast. We haven't really considered what to do in Dublin but I was thinking the Guiness brewery and see some cathedrals. All the while visiting a number of pubs. :)
Then I read Doneraile's post about "Doing Ireland" and I am having second thoughts. Are we better served choosing one area as a base since we are only staying 5 days? I feel like we may be planning too much "GO-GO-GO" and not truly enjoying the experience. It would be nice to see some sights but we are really more interested in seeing Irish life, meeting locals and viewing the countryside. Is there a good spot to achieve these goals? Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks very much.