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Bucket list trip to Ireland - need so much help!

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After years of researching my family tree and traveling to other parts of Europe, I've finally given in to the brick wall and have decided to go to Ireland while I still have legs, even if I don't have all the answers!
I know I will be flamed for this, but we definitely will NOT rent a car. We are in our early 70's, hubby has had some health issues this past year, and we just want to have as stress-free a trip as possible.
I've looked into various tours, but none of them go to the places I want to see but do go to shopping areas we're not interested in.
After years of genealogy research, I have some specific areas that are of high importance to me, so this will not only be a "vacation" but a trip to visit and pay homage to my heritage. All of my dad's grandparents came to the U.S. because of the Hunger, but they spoke very little of their past.

I plan to start with 3 - 4 days in Dublin, do a day trip to Newgrange and visit the genealogists for further research at the National Library. We aren't confined to any schedule, so we can spend 2 - 3 weeks in Ireland. Money would be our only constraint!

The places on my must-see list after Dublin are: (1) the CLONMEL area (my grandmother apparently spoke often of CLONMEL and CLERIHAN, but we're not sure WHO came from there - most likely Casey/Ryan) (2) COBH, to see the Queenstown Museum and visit the port where so many left from, (3) KILLARNEY for the park and Dingle Peninsula , (4) Bunratty Folk Park (?), (5) GALWAY area for Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and because I'm also a Joyce descendant (!), (6) County Mayo - possibly Westport, my Murphy/Cooney g-grandparents were from CASTLEBAR and LAGHTMACDURKAN ( stone walls from the old homestead are still standing there and I'd also like to see the Museum of Country Life)), (7) STROKESTOWN for the Famine Museum and because we have a strong clue that a g-grandparent may have been from County Roscommon, then back to Dublin airport for flight home.

I've been looking into trains/buses to base cities, then plan to take day tours and/or private transportation.

I'm thinking of going late April/early May or late August/early September 2016. One of the problems I'm finding is how to plan around the days when public transportation is at a minimum, like Sundays.

I've been playing with an itinerary that goes Dublin (3-4 nights), Clonmel or Cashel (2 nights), Cork or Cobh (2 nights), Killarney (3 nights), Limerick or Galway (2 -3 nights), Westport or Castlebar (3 nights), Strokestown (1-2 nights), Dublin airport last night.

Of course, we could go in the opposite direction, whichever would be the most convenient for getting back to the airport. I'd like to build in extra days in case we have genealogy luck in Dublin, and if we don't we can just take in a few extra days taking in some scenery and enjoying the pubs.

I know it's a lot to ask, but if any of you have any suggestions as to bus or train routes, private drivers or daytours, places to stay in city centers near transportation, etc. I'd greatly appreciate it. I'm also open to any suggestions as to things or places to avoid and places that I should include.

I'm afraid this will not only be our first visit to Ireland but probably our only visit due to age and declining health, so I want to do it right. BTW, we live in Central Florida so can fly Aer Lingus direct to Dublin out of Orlando, which will help.

So there you have it. I want to see the parts of Ireland four of my great-parents left in the 1850's through my own eyes, to bring it full-circle so to speak. I look forward to hearing any recommendations you have.
Joyce

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