We traveled to Ireland in September of 2016.  We spent our time in the southwest part of the country from the Ring of Kerry north to Clifton.   This is an area with a rugged coast and is known as The Wild Atlantic Way.  In the space of a couple of hundred miles you go from rich lush farming country to The Burren which is an area so rough and rocky it would be impossible to clear.  The one thing we found consistent was the people were very friendly and welcoming.