We're planning a one week trip to Ireland as a warmup for a two week Scotland trip. This is our fourth trip to Ireland, and have seen most of the "things" we care to. Our priority is to find trad every night. We'll be going in the first week in June, and our past experience is that even in music towns like Killarney or Clonakilty, before July the music is usually one or at most two nights a week - never on the night we're there. This is a 2021 trip, so I'm guessing things will be back to the new normal by then.
So our plan is to spend three nights in Dublin, three nights in Galway, and two nights in Dingle, where we've never been, and driving the peninsula would be new. . Our usual trip is one night stands in many places, so spending more time in one spot is novel - and hopefully a little slower paced.
I know where to find music in Dublin and Galway, but Dingle is an unknown, I had thought about substituting Doolin for Dingle, but our last visit to Doolin (many years ago) seemed to feature more American and German musicians than locals - and it was crowded, even in May. Dingle is a lot of driving if we're going to be disappointed in finding trad sessions. Shortening the drive and going to Sean's in Athlone and Clarke's in Lanesborough would be a lot easier!
We've never been to N. Ireland either, but between distance and Brexit complications, I'm not very excited about Belfast instead of Dingle, although I'll look at it. As an Ulster Scot, it would be an opportunity to look for family connections.