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Ireland - Need opinions on driving trip please!

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Good morning all - I'm taking a trip this summer with my significant other to the Emerald Isle. It's a 9 day trip total, and we're planning on spending the majority of it exploring the beautiful Irish countryside, mainly in the southwest and south. We're pretty seasoned travelers, so not too worried about jetlag issues on the first day in.

Looking for opinions/critiques/tips and tricks for a first-time visitor to Ireland:

Day 1: Land at Shannon, pick up rental car, drive to Bunratty Castle, and on to Doolin where we will stay the first night. Intend to see Cliffs of Moher here, and other local sights (any suggestions??)

Day 2: Up early to drive to the Dingle Peninsula, and tour around. Perhaps stop for a lunch in the town of Dingle proper. Drive on to Killarney, where we will stay the next two nights.

Day 3: Up early again to do the Ring of Kerry. Now, I've read on different topics in these forums that the RoK may not be worth the time. Is there something we'd be sacrificing to spend the day at the RoK? We've got another day in Killarney, so I figured we could do the town and all that day. Stay in Killarney this night as well.

Day 4: See the town of Killarney (any must see local sights?) and drive on to Kinsale/Cork. Now, we've been given different opinions about this particular stop. I've been told staying in Kinsale is great because of the views/how picturesque it is. But, I've also been told that Cork is a town worth staying in because of the atmosphere and general "funness". Thoughts? See the Blarney Castle, tour around Cork (regardless of whether we stay there or not).

Day 5: Spend the day in and around Cork/Kinsale. What ideas have you for must see sights? We'll spend this night in Cork/Kinsale as well.

Day 6: Transit to Kilkenny. Settle into accomodations, and explore the city. We'll stay this night in Kilkenny.

Day 7: Continue touring around Kilkenny, and then drive on to Dublin. Arrive Dublin, drop the car off, and check into accomodation. Will be staying here 3 total nights, with lots to see/do.

Day 10: Up early to head to the airport and back to reality.

Is this a sensible itinerary? Also definitely looking for suggestions for the things to do/see around Cork/Kinsale.

Thank you!!

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