End of May, I'm flying in on a Saturday night and flying out on Thursday morning. What do I need to do? I'd like to rent a car and see some country, drop in at some pubs, etc.
Heres what I think you need to do.
1. Spend a day in Dublin, ideally the Sunday
2. Head slightly North and visit Newgrange and the Hill of Tara (ps would a preserved decapitated human head from 1680 in a Cathedral interest you? If so, stop off in Drogheda)
3. Head west for Glendalough and maybe Powerscourt gardens, possibly Kilkenny if you aren't opposed to a lot of driving.
4. Explore Dublins nice coastal suburbs, like Dun Laoghaire or Howth
Leave some time for Dublin at the end too, one day wont be enough to see all the sights and experience this great city that feels like a big town.
Rick Steves Ireland Tour-Guide
Dingle and Derry