|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||8.5 km (5.3 miles)|
|Meets:||R138, R114, R108, R110, R811, R111, R817, R114, R112, M50|
The road begins at what used to be the N11 at College Green. It runs along Dame Street, and turns onto a dual carriageway at Christchurch.
Between here and Leonard's Corner is one of Dublin's most controversial roads. It was first proposed to become part of the Inner Tangent. That became the Western Tangent in 1971, involving a dual carriageway rising up from Smithfield, ducking under the High Street and experiencing a large diamond interchange with Kevin Street. The first flat junction would have been at Long Lane.
At Leonard's Corner, the two carriageways would probably have split, and continued southwards towards Harold's Cross. Needless to say, none of this was built, but while the issue was being discussed the area fell into serious decline.
In around 1987 a decision was finally made, and buildings were demolished to create a new dual carriageway. That dual carriageway received a number of objections and arguably brought a complete end to all destructive road building projects in Dublin.
The new road is a lot more suited to heavy traffic than the road it replaced, even though it still jams up in the evenings. It certainly isn't as interesting, with boring buildings appearing alongside it. The junction at Kevin Street was nicknamed "Four Corners of Hell" because of the badly-reputed pubs positioned around each corner. These were all lost to the roadworks.
Between Kevin Street and Terenure, the road follows the broad path of Slige Chualann, the historic route from Áth Cliath to Avoca. This includes sections demolished above.
With that many claims to fame, between Terenure and Tallaght the road seems to be slightly boring. After Templeogue it becomes a dual carriageway.