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Help/Advice From Irish Locals and Experts

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I surprised my husband with a trip to Ireland for his 50th birthday! We arrive in Dublin on a Saturday morning and depart the following Wednesday midday. So we have 4 days to travel. I know it's short. I don't have other options. The good news is that it's not our first trip, but we haven't been together to Ireland and it's been over 20 years since our visits.

We will stay with a friend in Dublin. Saturday we will tour Guinness. Take a nap and go out to eat. Sunday we will drive to Gallway, spend the night. See the Cliffs of Moher on Sun or Mon. Monday we will drive to Adare/Limerick (at suggestion of our American friend who lives there.) Tuesday we will drive back to Dublin via Killney. Have dinner in Dublin to celebrate my husband's actual birthday and fly out on Wednesday midday...at least that was the plan I routed before the surprise. It may b aggressive and I'd love any thoughts on if it's too much or if there are must-sees aside from the major sites.

Here's the caveat, my husband has been researching his Irish ancestry. His great grandfather immigrated from Ireland to America in 1880. My husband found the town. It's called Coolavorheen in County Kerry not too far from Killarney. It seems to be a tiny town with about 6-8 modern houses. My husband is feeling very drawn to go visit.

He would like to go to Galway, skip Limerick, then head to Killarney/Coolavorheen and back to Dublin via Kilkenny. This is a LONG route as it appears on the map and I know there are hundreds of beautiful sites to take in. I suggested we try Dublin to Limmerick to Killarney and back to Dublin but he's set on Galway too.

I need advice/suggestions. I do have hotels booked that are able to be cancelled (Glenlo Abby in Galway and Glenraven in Adare).

We leave a week from tomorrow. If you have a helpful opinion, I would be grateful to hear it. If you have an alternative route that could accommodate sites along the way, please let me know. If you have thoughts on visiting the birthplace of his ancestors, please share.

Thank you so much

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