I have posted my itinerary in the Ireland forum for input but I thought I would post here to get some feedback from people who know the area really well.
Originally I had a 3 night stay in Kilkenny but I really want to see the southeast coast so I revised the trip. I was concerned that I would either have to spend a lot of time in the car driving to see all the southeast coast sites that I outlined or give up a night in Kilkenny and spend one on the coast. Let me know if you think I should should skip something. I would prefer to stay in Kilkenny but here is the itinerary if we stay in Dunmore East:
Day 2 Tour Kilkenny, Jerpoint Abbey, Inistioge, some of the craft trail. Spend the night at Abbeylodge.
Day 3 Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle, Lismore, Copper Coast Drive and spend the night in Dunmore East. Don't have the accommodation yet.
Day 4 Hook Head Peninsula, New Ross to see the Dunbrody Emigrant ship and then head to Malahide. Spend the night at the Grand Hotel.
Day 5 Newgrange, Hill of Tara, Trim Castle. Spend the night at the Grand Hotel.
Day 6 Take DART into Dublin. Tour Dublin. Spend the night at the Grand Hotel
Day 7 Leave Malahide on 12:20 flight back to Orlando.
I would greatly appreciate your input.