My husband and I are thinking about a 2 week trip to Ireland in September with our son who will be almost two at the time. We've been to Ireland pre-baby where we spent time in Dublin, Kilkenny, Dingle and Galway. With our toddler we think it's best to rent an apartment or cottage for 5-6 nights to avoid moving much. We'd like to find two different bases in regions we haven't explored yet.
I have mostly decided on either Kinsale or Clonakilty for one base to explore the Cork region but cannot figure out what to do for the other. We'd like a town that is big enough to offer a variety of restaurants (since we will be there awhile) and a playground or any toddler-friendly activities is a plus. Ideally we'd like to stay in a place within an hour or so drive of day trips to other sites-- we love strolling cute villages, scenic drives, visiting ruins and castles, etc. Any suggestions?