I am in charge of the itinerary for our first-time Ireland adventure and would love some input as far as itinerary. I am traveling with 2 other people and we will be there for approx. 2 weeks in the month of January. I know the winter is not the ideal time for sightseeing, but, alas that's what we're doing lol. We have no car (there's no way I'm driving on the opposite sides in the winter!) so we will be taking buses and trains. Although we will inevitably explore and experience larger cities like Galway and Dublin we adore love those "out of the way" and very quaint villages. Cliffs of Moher are on the list and of course, a couple of castles and a few museums (my friends aren't huge history fans believe it or not) but other than that we really just love to walk around and take in the cultural ambience (and food!) when we travel. We don't mind moving around a lot and will probably be staying in Air BnBs a majority of the time.
The bare bones major city itinerary I have is Dublin to Galway, Galway to Cork, Cork to Tipperary (might stay with friends there) and then back to Dublin. Limerick is a no-go as far as the info I've read.
We will be flying into Dublin and staying about 3 nights to explore then I have us taking a train to Galway to explore there for a couple of days. Or another option might be too do Dublin at the end since we are also flying out of there also and might be more relaxing. I'm having a hard time trying to decide what to do from there as there is so many options! I also know that I'm limited given the winter month so I take it coastal towns and scenery will be quite cold and obstructed.
I've been reading about Bunratty, Dingle, Ennis, Killarney (sounds quite touristy there), Cobh and would just love some input about what's worth it and what's not as far as day trips, over-nighters and where to spend a little bit more time :).