I am considering taking a family vacation in June or July for a week, flying into Shannon from the states. I would be bringing my 9yr old son, 5yr old daughter, wife, and in--laws (still young in their 50's). None of us have been to Ireland, however I would like to get my children exposed to something new. We ideally would rent a home somewhere in the Cork area. Ideally we would look for a mix of outdoor activities and sightseeing. I am simply looking for general advice. Is this a good group to bring where we would all enjoy the trip? If you had one trip to Ireland in your life to the southwest, what would you make sure to see? What other locations would you suggest as a base besides Cork? The idea of renting a home with a great deal of views and place for the children to play is attractive, any suggestions?