I'm going to Ireland for the first time in early April 2019. I have to fly in and out of Dublin so planning on 1st/last night there. For my other 5 nights I plan on seeing Clare, Galway and maybe a pit stop in Mayo. This is what I need advice on. The Mayo stop is because I have family there so I am potentially going to see the farm where my Great grandmother grew up in Bekan. But I realize its in the middle of no where and I only want to devote a day or less to that. So now I have 4 full days left and probably 5 nights (I dont want to sleep in Mayo, just visit for an afternoon or something). Does it make sense to split 4 days/5 nights between Clare and Galway?
In Clare I want to see the Burren (my great grandfather grew up there), also the Cliffs of Moher. O'Donoghue's Pub in Fanore (a link to my g-grandfather), Murrooghkilly (just to see where he lived quickly), then other things I wrote down as possible things to see are Corcomrow Abbey, Doolin, Ennis, Bunratty Castle, Poulnabrone Dolmen. I also want to find my great great grandfathers grave. He died in Murroogh in 1902. No clue where he'd be buried, but I figure not far? Can Clare be seen pretty well in 2 full days?
In Galway I have more cousins I have never met that I would like to maybe see (like for a quick beer in a pub or something). They live in Gort, which seems pretty close to Clare. I also would like to see Galway City, maybe Clifden, some of Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, Mannin Bay Blueway, and Dunguaire Castle. These are mostly just sites I have seen that look interesting to me. I am prepared to drop things that don't make sense.
I also want time to CHILL and sightsee in small towns and villages. I think I'd like to stay places that are interesting at night, where I can walk to a pub or 2 in the evenings. I'm wondering if I could do a day in each County where I drive around and see multiple sights, then another day thats more relaxed?
So can these things in Clare and Galway be done in 4 full days? I am thinking all day Monday - Thursday and on Friday morning I will drive back to Dublin. Am I missing any things that I really should see while I'm in Galway or Clare? Its just me and my friend so no kids to worry about. Thanks!!