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Suggestions for an Itinerary in Southern Ireland

Any suggestions on things to do and see in our 5 days in Ireland would be appreciated. We fly in to Dublin from Rome and arrive at about noon - we have a rental car arranged. Our accomodations for the night are in Waterford - my understanding is that is about a 2 1/2 hour drive away. The next day, we make our way to the Blarney Castle Hotel by Cork, and we are there for 4 nights are are looking to do day trips from there.

So any feedback or suggestions for a family of 5 that has never been to Ireland are most welcome.


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Just to the north of Cork are Cahir and Cashel. Cahir (pronounced "care") is the home of Cahir Castle, which is nice to visit. It was used in some scenes from the movie "Braveheart". Cashel has the Rock of Cashel, one of my favorite locations in Ireland. Both can be done in a day. Make sure you see the film they show at Rock of Cashel and visit the little museum.

Kinsale is to the southwest of Cork, on the coast, and Cobh (pronounced "cove") is to the east. Cobh was the last docking place of the Titanic before its voyage, and has a wonderful maritime museum. Midleton is beyond Cobh and is the home of the Jameson Whiskey distillery. Cobh and Midleton can easily be done in a day, Kinsale would take a separate day. Fota Wildlife Park is also near Cobh.

And if you are looking for something a bit different, on the road from Cork to Limerick you'll come to a town called Buttevant. If you turn west there and head out into the country you'll come across a donkey sanctuary. They take in mistreated and abandoned donkeys and care for them for the rest of their lives. It's a wonderful place to visit (and free). You'll also pass a huge 13th century castle on the way. If you'd like more information about this, please message me.

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On the way south from Dublin in Blessington is beautiful Russborough House. It was built around 1750 and is the estate of the late Lord Alfred Beit. The history of the art collection (and numerous robberies) is fascinating. Also, a day trip to Kilkenny to see Jerpoint Abbey,Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice and the town of Kilkenny in general is highly recommended.
Cahir Castle & Carrick-on Suir is in the area. If you do go to Cashel to see the Rock of Cashel (please don't miss it) go east to Tipperrary, then southeast through the Glen of Aherlow.

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While in Waterford, drive over to Dumore East, Kinsale is nice, also a straight shot up the N9 will get you to Kilkenny, which has good shopping, and great pubs.

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For a very scenic drive take the R618 west from Cork to just east of Macroom. Take the R584 over the Pass of Keimaneigh to where it meet the N71 between Bantry and Glengarriff. Take the N71 to Kenmare and on to Killarney along the edge of Killarney National Park. See a bit of the park as time allows. Take the N22 back to Cork.