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7 Nights in SouthWest Ireland - suggetions please :)

Hi there - My husband, I and our 14 year old will be returning to Ireland this November :) Last visit was situated in and around Dublin. This time we are flying in and out of Cork. In Dublin we stayed in a beautiful Castle/Inn, the Clontarf. Looking for suggestions on:

What town(s) to stay in? - I would prefer a home base where we can explore from but am not opposed to staying in 2 locations to make exploring more efficient :)

Where to stay in those towns? We prefer Inns with an onsite pub/bar and/or restaurant.
What not to miss? Big question, I know :) We have been to the Cliffs and to Connemara.

We love history, being outdoors, culture, pubs:) We know we want to see: Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle. Thinking about Galway and/or Waterford. What I want most out of this trip is to experience authentic Ireland, as silly as it sounds! In Italy we stayed Argotourismo, which was a working vineyard and olive farm. Spectacular and really got to see what it is like to be part of the country. This is what I am hoping to incorporate into this trip to Ireland.

Thanks in advance for all the help. We love visiting Ireland and want to make the most of our trip :)


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I like Dingle and Belmullet, Mayo. My husband & I were in Belmullet a few years ago in late Oct/Nov. It was wet & windy, tourist stuff was beginning to shut down, I would take that into consideration. We stayed in Dingle a few years before that, we were told it starts to slow down after Sept there. You may be better of staying near a larger city like Galway.