Cork has an excellent night life if you find a local to show ya! I'm lucky enough to live in Connemara with all the lovely scenery to go with it. Personally I loved Belfast when there, but wished I could see more of the North. But my favourite part of the Ireland is Cong, the grounds of Ashford Castle are just amazing. Was at a wedding there over the Christmas. So fancy, but we drank them out of jagermeister! We ain't so fancy.