My Australian family of 4 are planning our Dec/Jan holiday in Ireland, and are trying to work out the best way for us to visit Derry. We have accomodation booked in nth west Co. Donegal for 4 nights in early January, and had originally thought to visit Derry as a day trip from there. We are now thinking that it might be better to drive to Derry when we leave Donegal, and stay the night there, then continue on to Co. Meath where we plan to visit Newgrange (and stay the night in that area). We then have accomodation booked in Dublin (the city we fly out of). We don't want to cut short Newgrange (our guide book suggests allowing at least half a day & I understand it closes at 5pm), but also would like to have a good visit to Derry. Having no idea what the driving conditions will be like, and which route to take (apart from playing around with the route planner websites) we're wondering whether it's realistic to plan to have breakfast in Derry then be at Newgrange around midday!! We would appreciate any input.