I flew back from Ireland on Memorial Day. I spent more days in Dublin than I would have liked. It couldn't be avoided. I had to pick up my girlfriend at the airport two days in and drop her there seven days later. My last weekend I flew over to Leeds, on Ryan Air, to visit friends for the weekend (there and back out of Dublin).
I took my girlfriend on a loop around Northern and northwest Ireland. I was happy with that part of my trip.
After dropping her off, I headed southwest to visit a few highlights I hadn't seen on my previous Ireland visit. Dingle was a highlight. After visiting, I wouldn't recommend Dingle to my worst enemy. It was a complete tourist trap in May. I can't imagine it during the summer months? The vast majority of "sights" charged admission, were reproductions not worth seeing and had operating hours clearly catering to bus traffic.
Now I recall how much I was disappointed with some of Rick's recommendations in the past (Cinque Terra, Lucca and Beaune come to mind). Since Rick's books focus almost solely on his specific recommendations I find myself wondering whether I'll read his recommendations primarily as places to avoid?