If you want to find a Special place to stay, ask Alastair Sawday.
Unlike other ratings for places to stay, Sawday's really live up to what they say. You won't find an abundance of places in your chosen locale, but the few that have been unearthed are real gems.
In the Ireland book, you can stay in a cosy cottage, a sumptuous castle or even a lighthouse! Also, he doesn't just list places that cost the earth; over 85 places do B&B for two at £70 or less per night. This book cannot be recommended enough.
Definitely a worthwhile purchase if you mean to stay in Ireland.
If you are prepared to spend, say, £40-£50 per night on B&B then this book is an excellent resource for finding superb accommodation. The book covers a wider price range but we reckon most fall into this category (allow for annual inflation if you use an old copy). All 10 places we stayed at during 2005 & 2006 met our expectations from reading Sawday so we are comfortable with the basic objectivity of the reports in the book. Indeed, the experience of staying in many of these places formed some of the 'highpoints' of our holidays, rather than being just nice places to be overnight; of course, the places themselves deserve the credit for this, not Sawday but use this book and find them with confidence!
Very handy for a recent 3-week road trip around Ireland. However limited in terms of places to stay, especially if those mentioned were booked in advance, which is the only reason I cannot give it top marks.