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5-days in Ireland

Returning from Amsterdam to USA I would like to stop off in Dublin. I have only 5-days with a car. For those who know Ireland very well, what would you suggest in those 5-days. Thanks.

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I would spend a day or two in Dublin -- Kilmainham gaol, Book of Kells and Long Room, National Gallery, Chester Beatty Library, Grafton Street.
Good day-trips: North to the Boyne Valley's ancient burial mounds of Brú na Bóinne and majestic Norman castle of Trim, west to the green horse-racing pastures of the Irish National Stud, and south to the graceful Gardens of Powerscourt and evocative monastic ruins of Glendalough. (from RS site)
Kilkenny and the Rock of Cashel. Kilkenny, for its narrow medieval lanes, cathedrals, and castle; and the Rock of Cashel, with its dramatic hilltop hodgepodge of church ruins overlooking the Plain of Tipperary.
also in the Killkenny area -- Kells Priory, Jerpoint Abbey, We like to stay at Lawcus Farm Guest House.
I also really love Dingle and the village of Kinsale, but both are too far for 5 days, IMO.

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Greetings from Ireland, Sherrie made some perfect recommendations there.
I would say that Kinsale or Dingle are 'too for' for a 5 day trip, as I make those journeys all the time and its fine (Dublin-kinsale 4.5 hours, Dingle a wee bit more) but they definitely are far and do you want to really spend 8 hours round-trip driving. Probably not.
But if you don't plan on coming back anytime soon, then you might.
Im in Galway typing this and it is a good spot to explore and a good base. Only 2 hours from Dublin driving.
Slainte/Good health
Stephen McPhilemy
Rick Steves Ireland Tour-Guide