B79 (Northern Ireland)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Corna Mucklagh (J116194)|
|Distance:||5.6 miles (9 km)|
|Meets:||A27, A25, A2, R173|
|Route outline (key)|
The B79 is a short B-road south of Newry.
The current northern end of the B79 is on the A27 one-way loop in the city centre. It heads west along Edward Street, although this road is initially one-way eastbound. The road becomes two-way half a block later and continues west to a roundabout on the A25. This section of road is marked as unclassified on maps for much of the 20th century; it is not known when it became part of the B79.
After a multiplex of one block east along the A25 the B79 regains its number by turning right. It heads south along Patrick Street and Dominic Street to a set of traffic lights on the A2 (pre-bypass A1). This is crossed via a staggered crossroads (and two separate sets of traffic lights) although northbound traffic just goes straight. The B79 then continues south along Drumalane Road, which soon reaches the Newry Canal.
The road continues south, alongside the canal for a couple of miles. The Newry River sometimes becomes visible on the far side of the canal and eventually the end of the canal is reached, where a lock provides access to and from the river. The road continues on, now adjacent to the river and only leaving it for a short distance. The road is now running alongside the Cooley Mountains as well and it is difficult to believe that we are only a short distance from the coast (in the form of Carlingford Lough). Presently a small stream is reached. This marks the border and so the road on the far side, to Carlingford itself, is the R173.