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Ireland itinerary and accommodations advice?

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Hello everyone. My family of four (including husband, 14 year old son, and ten year old daughter) will be in Ireland for 9 days this summer, and I'm trying to sort out the big picture itinerary. I've been reading lots of posts and trip reports--apologies in advance if all of this has been covered elsewhere, though!

About us: we like water and music (husband), Vikings and forts (son), castles and animals (daughter), abbeys and towns (me).

Plans so far, advice and comment most welcome:

Day 1. Fly into Dublin. Where to stay? In the past we've rented apartments (Rome, Paris) but we're only planning to stay in Dublin for two nights. Happy to pay a bit more for something very central and nice.

Day 2. Dublin (Trinity, National Museum of Ireland--Archaeology, Dublinia, National Gallery, maybe the Gaol?). Sleep in Dublin.

Day 3. Pick up rental car (where?) and drive south through Wicklow, stopping at Gendalough. Sleep in Kilkenny (Butler House).

Day 4. Around Kilkenny (maybe Wexford/Waterford for Viking sites? Cashel/Cahir, Jerpoint Abbey). Sleep in Kilkenny.

Day 5. Drive to somewhere convenient to Kerry, perhaps via Beara Peninsula? Considering staying near Killarney and debating whether we would prefer a nice B+B or splash out on a fancy resort with access to kayaks, etc. In general, we are not fancy resort people, but it is tempting to have someone else handle the Skellig Michael arrangements, for example. Recommendations either way?

Day 6. Skellig Michael, she says hopefully. Otherwise Killarney National Park, Muckross House, etc. Sleep wherever we slept last night.

Day 7. Skellig Michael, if not possible yesterday. Drive up towards Galway, see Cliffs of Moher, sleep...somewhere? Here the plans start to fall apart a bit.

Day 8. Drive toward Newgrange and see something (Clonmacnoise?) on the way. Sleep somewhere convenient for early morning visit to Bru na Boinne. Trim, Drogheda, ...? Considering Sheephouse Country Courtyard--we like a bit of self-catering and by the end of the trip are likely tired of restaurant meals.

Day 9. Bru na Boinne and nearby. Sleep wherever we slept last night.

Day 10. Flight leaves from Dublin Airport at 11 am. Flights into and out of Dublin are already booked, but everything else is flexible. Unfortunately, I am not terribly flexible myself, although I am working on it! and traveling as a family of four makes it a bit harder to find accommodations on the fly, especially, I would imagine, in July.

That's a lot of questions, I know--thanks so much for getting through them all, and looking forward to your expert advice.

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