This is a link to the Irish Independent summary of the Lonely Planet Guide to Ireland.
Apparently our pubs are great, Dublin knows how to have fun and Cork is a panapoly (mispelling intended!!) of good things. Limerick has "welcoming locals, an intriguing castle, a lively art museum and contemporary cafe cafe culture to go with its uncompromised pubs".
And Kilkee is like the Carribean (the beach, not the temperature!!)
Its an interesting read.