My fifteen year old daughter and I are planning to drive around Ireland from the 8th to the 22nd of August. I have a reservation in Dublin for the first two nights, but after that I don't have anything...I'd love to take it easy and figure things out as we go, but I'm worried about not having a place to stay if I don't make reservations. My Mom tells me that they didn't worry about reservations when they took their trip around Ireland, but that was lots of years ago, and they weren't there in August. So, I guess I'm interested in knowing how important it is to have reservations, and if there are any sites, things that people would recommend. I'm interested in just seeing as much as I can see. I'm also interested in pubs with lots of singing...but I'm not sure if my daughter will be allowed in? I know that half of my family is from the Athlone area, and I'm trying to find out where the other half of my family is from. Any help would be appreciated.