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Ireland 8 day Itinerary help

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I wanted to reach out to the lovely people on this board for some help with my Ireland itinerary. You all have been so helpful on past trips, thanks in advance!!

I am traveling with a good friend. We are both in our early 30s, gals that want to have fun at the pubs, enjoy good music, meet locals, and see some beautiful scenery. We will be renting a car for the trip. Planning to stay at B&Bs and more budget accommodations around 70 euros. I tend to be overly ambitious with my itineraries and need help being realistic, especially since this is my first driving trip, usually take trains in Europe. We are leaving from Chicago on Fri May 2nd, arriving Dublin Sat May 3rd early am. Departing Dublin Sun May 11th noon.

Sat: Dublin
Sun: Leave Dublin, travel to Galway, stopping along the way (suggestions?). Stay Galway city.
Mon: Explore Connemara. Stay Galway. (or NW Clare?).
Tues: Explore Clare Country (possible to get all the way to Loophead & back in one day?). Stay NW Clare or Kilkee or Newmarket/Fergus?
Wed: Dingle Peninsula. Stay Dingle or go out to Kilkenny?
Thurs: Was originally thinking Ring of Kerry, but now considering Kilkenny Nat'l Park and/or Ring of Beara. Stay Kilkenny or Kenmare.
Fri: Travel to Cork. Stay in Cork city (required, must see friend's band)
Sat: Travel back to Dublin, stop in Kilkenny. Stay near airport, open for suggestions, thinking B&B in Swords?

Part of me would like to leave the mid-week nights open, but I hate spending time finding accommodations while on vacation. Also, I was originally trying to have more 2-night stays but I don't want to back-track on what is essentially a "Loop" vacation that we're doing, but would love to hear your thoughts. I have the feeling we need to cut something out, but not sure how/what makes sense. Nervous I am underestimating drive times, please let me know if anything seems a bit "off."

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