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Ireland in November - guidance on itinerary!

I will be in Ireland for 6 nights and 7 days. I am looking for help with choosing some sights/towns. I've heard great things about Dingle and Kinsale but they seem to be taking up a lot go itinerary time. Instead I'm considering eliminating both to replace with a trip in Connemara and surroundings and to give more time in Dublin on back end. The weather makes me think Kinsale and dingle peninsula won't be as great to visit. Kinsale also seems a lot like Maine and the east coast, where I visit often so another reason it isn't as appealing to me. The Connemara part seems like there is more to see and do even in nov weather. I'd love any feedback and advice with my plan below: Sat. Arrive in Dublin and drive to Kilkenny for night. Visit surroundings of Kilkenny (Kilkenny castle and Kells?) Sun: visit rock of cashel; travel to Cliffs of moher; through the Burren and to Galway for the night. Mon: Connemara ( maybe stay in Clifden or Westport? Or back to Galway for night) Tues: back to Dublin by afternoon Wed: Dublin (book of Kells and a city tour) Thurs: Dublin (Guinness factory) Fri: fly home Other options: eliminate Connemara and go from Kilkenny to dingle peninsula. Then up to Galway.
Thank you!!!!!

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I like the idea of seeing Connemara, but not of backtracking to stay in Galway. Stay in Clifden, and then take the Sky Road up past the national park to Kylemore Abbey, then circle back down to Galway before heading back to Dublin. In Dublin, though, I would definitely not waste time or money at Guinness. You will see nothing of the brewing process, just a lot of advertising, and chances to buy the same Guinness souvenirs you can find all over Ireland. And the view from the Gravity Bar, where you get your expensive "free" pint at the end, will likely be nonexistent, due to overcast and possible rain/fog. Instead, I would suggest Kilmainham Gaol, one of the national museums (the archaeology one is great), or just wandering Grafton St and doing some shopping.