Hello, we are planning a Christmas trip to Ireland with our four grown kids (mid 20s). We are booked in Dublin from Dec. 24-Dec. 30, but then my husband and I would like to stay until Jan. 1 and see something outside of Dublin. Would the Cliffs of Moher be a risky bet that time of year? We’d also enjoy the Jameson tour near Cork. If we do that, where should we go for New Year’s? Should we fly out of Shannon, rather than go back to Dublin? Thank you for whatever assistance you can provide!
The Cliffs of Moher will be ... fresh!! Honestly, it's sort of nice to see them wild in the winter, but it can be a risky bet as if it's really windy you won't be allowed on the cliff walk.
Two days following Dublin is quite short and realistically you'll not fit in places as far apart as Cork and Clare (where the cliffs are), it's not really a runner. I know the distances look short enough on the map, but they are long drive, especially in Winter.
I'd actually avoid doing either or you'll spend most of your time in a car. Instead I'd be inclined to stay in Dublin and do day trips from there, which you can rearrange if the weather is awful.
These are some trips that are very doable in a day from Dublin (no more than an hour from the city) and most are also at least fairly weather proof:
You could also take a day trip to Kilkenny, Waterford or pretty much anywhere on the Ireland's Ancient East trail.
I was going to suggest a visit to Jameson's in Dublin rather than Cork, but sadly it's closed until March.
Whatever you decide, have a great trip.