We are traveling to Ireland in late September with out 5 year old son. We only have 8 days and will spend the first 2-3 in Dublin getting acclimated to the new time zone and seeing the sites there. That leaves 5-6 days and we plan to concentrate our time in the southwest around Dingle, Kerry, etc. We like renting houses as our vacation base and would welcome suggestions from fellow travelers of good locations for rentals that can serve as a central point for day trips to see the sites. Specific mentions of houses you may have rented would be great since there seem to be hundreds listed on the various rental sites I have visited. An ideal location would probably be in or near a small town so we will have ready access to restaurants, food, supplies, etc. without having to drive long distances. We would also consider an apartment in a larger city since that would allow us to walk to places. We will be renting a car, so if we rent in a city we need parking and hopefully a location that is not too crazy with traffic (we have experience driving on the "wrong side", but why push your luck with heavy traffic?).
Any suggestions would be very welcome.