What a wonderful occasion to be visiting the Emerald Isle for! I hope that you have a really enjoyable time and experience.
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As you've mentioned yourself, since you will be having a vehicle, this certainly broadens the field for a wider variety of options. I would like to suggest taking a look at Bray or Arklow, which isn't too far from both Dublin as well as Carlow and are both situated along the beautiful east coast.
I am sure the many of our other community members will have some of their own suggestions to share with you in addition.
All the best,