We are traveling in in mid November. Our plans are currently to fly into Dublin and then get to Galway by train or plane. Spend 2 nights in Galway. We have the availability of a house in Ballydehob (near Skibbereen) and are planning on using that as a base for west Cork and stay there for 3-4 nights days, then a night or two in Kilkenny and then our last 2 nights in Dublin. I will be doing all of the driving and I am very nervous about it. I drove once before in Ireland - but it was in the Connamerra region which I believe has much less traffic than other areas and I still found it very nerve-wracking. I think it would make sense to stop somewhere on the way from Galway to West Cork - any suggestions. I don't really want to drive after dark. Also, how bad is the traffic going to be on a Saturday morning returning the car to the Dublin airport? Thanks.