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Arriving in Dublin on Good Friday, need advice please

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We're planning a trip with our teen grandson during his spring break, so we're forced into specific dates. Unfortunately, we'd arrive in Dublin from the U.S. Good Friday AM.
I was originally thinking of spending several nights in the city, then head to Wesport in Co. Mayo via train. We're doing this trip using trains and buses, with private tours for side day trips. One side of our family is from Co. Mayo (Castlebar and Laghtmacdurken) and there are even 3 stone walls still standing from 1850 that was an ancestral home - we really want to see it.
Anyway, here is what I was thinking for our itinerary, with absolutely nothing set in stone:
Dublin for 1 - 2 nights, then train to Westport (direct, 3 hrs 10 min.)
Westport for 2 - 3 nights
Wesport to Limerick by bus (3 hrs 40 min. w/change at Galway)
Limerick for 3 -4 nights, with day tours to Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Bunratty Folk Park
Limerick to Cork via bus (direct, 1 hr 50 min)
Cork for 1 night, visit Cobh and the Heritage Center in AM the next day
Cork to Dublin Airport via Aircoach , 3 hrs 20 min. (leave Cork late afternoon)
Airport Hotel 1 night, with flight out the next day

All of this can be switched around every which way, of course, and some things can be eliminated, but not Co. Mayo. I was thinking Limerick was a good base for touring the scenic areas and good for public transport, that's why it's in the list. Cork isn't an absolute must, although I'd really like to see Cobh. And we think the other side of our family may be from Cork.
Definitely want to visit some pubs for music in Westport, and had hoped to see a bit of life in Dublin, but this Easter weekend thing that drags on into a bank holiday that Monday has me stymied.
Any suggestions at all? We don't want the confines of a tour bus and we will NOT drive, so this is the best I've been able to come up with so far. As you can see, I need help!
Thanks

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