First, sincere thanks to all TA Destination Experts, contributors, and Ireland travelers for taking the time to share your knowledge and opinions. They are invaluable!
My main answers to "Bryno's Questions" are that my three adult daughters and I will be visiting Ireland for10 glorious days in late Sept./early Oct. We will be flying in and out of Dublin and we are renting a car (Lord have mercy!). Cities, museums, and shopping are not our main focus on this trip. Here -- without providing too much detail -- is what we have so far:
Day 1 - Land in Dublin early a.m.. Take cab to hotel, drop luggage, have breakfast. Take LUAS to Dublin City Center. Ideally, take a walking tour. Walk around Trinity College (if possible, see the Book of Kells), sit on a bench in St. Stephen's Green, stop by a pub or two, crash back at the hotel.
Day 2 - Cab to Dublin Airport to pick up the rental car. Drive to Galway. Night in Salthill.
Day 3 - Weather permitting, drive to Rossaveal, take ferry to Inishmore. Dirve to Clifden for the night.
Day 4 - Connemara. Night in Clifden.
Day 5 - Leave Clifden, explore The Burren, visit the Cliffs of Moher. Spend the night in... ? (Lahinch, Enistymon, Kilrush... other?)
Day 6 - Take ferry to Tarbert. Night in Ventry, Dingle.
Day 7 - Killarney (Two days: Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park)
Day 8 - Killarney
Day 9 - Leave Killarney and stop in ?? on way back to Dublin (Rock of Cashel/Kilkenny, Waterford, somewhere in Wicklow?)
Day 10 - Malahide
Any and all suggestions and advice are welcome!