Originally Posted by lifer_sean
Made the trip today, M7 to Jn21, then Borris-in-Ossory, out the "old" Dublin road about a mile, then right for Durrow (R434), onto the N77 for Ballyragget and Kilkenny.
Took about 1hr 30mins, about 45 mins on the M7 and another 45mins from Borris to Kilkenny. Worked out as the same on the way back.
Fairly hassle free except for the google directions around Borris-on-Ossory which were a bit misleading, but the route was fairly obvious if I just looked at the landmarks that were familiar before Borris was bypassed.
Thanks to all for the suggestions. As it turned out, my question was a lot more controversial than I had expected !
Done it a few times lately. Used to always go via M8/Golden/Tipp Town but this way is way better as you have m-way for most of the journey rather than endure the crap N24. Kilkenny should be signed properly off the M7 and onto the Durrow road. I must drop the NRA a line.
Also, the N77 exit at Portlaoise reads Durrow/Abbeyleix solely which is ridicoulous as Kilkenny is the southern terminus of the N77 and infinitely bigger than these two towns. A lot of west of Ireland and midland traffic use the N77 for Kilkenny and it really ought to be fully signed from Portlaoise as are Carlow and Tullamore on the N80. Sorry for going OT on my little rant but valid points, Kilkenny should be signed properly.