R115 road (Ireland)

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R115 road
Route information
Length: 40.5 km (25.2 mi)
Road network

The R115 road is a regional road in counties Dublin and Wicklow in Ireland. It follows the Military Road (Irish: An Bóthar Míleata)[1] for its entire length. The R115 is 40.5 km (25.2 mi) long; the full length of the Military Road (Rathfarnham to Aghavannagh) is 57.9 km (36.0 mi).[2][3]

Military Road joins the R759 at Sally Gap
The Military Road between Laragh and Glenmalure; no longer the R115, just a local road

The Military Road runs north-south across the spine of the Wicklow Mountains. It was constructed between 12 August 1800 and October 1809, in the wake of the 1798 rebellion, to open up the mountains to the British Army to assist them in putting down insurgents who were hiding there. Rathfarnham itself was the scene of some skirmishes in the early days of the rising.[4]

It was one of the first purpose-built roads in Ireland. Four barracks were built along the way at Glencree, Laragh, Glenmalure, and Aghavannagh. The engineer in charge was Alexander Taylor (b. 1746), who was responsible for many other roads in the country, including some turnpike roads (toll roads).[4]


The official definition of the R115 from the Roads Act 1993 (Classification of Regional Roads) Order 2006 [5] reads:

R115: Rathfarnham, County Dublin - Laragh, County Wicklow
Between its junction with R114 at Butterfield Avenue Rathfarnham in the county of South Dublin and its junction with R755 at Laragh in the county of Wicklow via Grange Road, Willbrook Road, Ballyboden Road, Scholarstown Road, Stocking Lane and Military Road in the county of South Dublin: Glencree, Liffey Head Bridge, Sally Gap and Drummin in the county of Wicklow.


The R115 / Military Road starts in Rathfarnham, County Dublin, outside the Yellow House pub and continues to the Ballyboden roundabout, where it intersects with the R113; it then follows the Edmondstown Road for 100 metres where it meets the R116. At this point the route takes the Scholarstown Road and turns left onto Stocking Lane where it rises through the Dublin Mountains (past the Hell Fire Club), followed by a descent into Glencree at the head of the valley of the Glencree river, with a spur down that valley to Enniskerry, before rising again to the vicinity of the entrance gate/road to the TV mast at Kippure (this part of the Military Road is the highest point of the road at 523 m). It descends slightly to the Sally Gap Crossroads (elevation 495 m)(53°08′16″N 6°18′44″W / 53.137799°N 6.312166°W / 53.137799; -6.312166), where it intersects with the R759 road. From there it continues to a point east of Mullaghcleevaun Mountain (850 m) before descending to the village of Laragh, near Glendalough, via the scenic Glenmacnass waterfall.

The R115 terminates at Laragh, at a junction with the R755 and the 'Wicklow Gap' road, the R756. The Military Road continues south past Glenmalure to Aghavannagh in south County Wicklow, but is designated as a local road south of Laragh.

A well known stretch is The Featherbeds, the section below Kippure Mountain. The total distance is 34 Irish miles (69.6 km), of which the spur to Enniskerry is 5 Irish miles (10.2 km).

For many years, the road was used as the Sally Gap special stage in the Circuit of Ireland car rally.

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Further reading


  1. Military Road Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2011-12-04.
  2. R115 road Google Maps. Retrieved: 2011-12-04.
  3. Military Road. Google Maps. Retrieved: 2011-12-04.
  4. 1 2 The Military Road by John Godden. Retrieved: 2011-12-04.
  5. Statutory Instrument 188 of 2006 — Roads Act 1993 (Classification of Regional Roads) Order 2006, Irish Statute Book (irishstatutebook.ie). Retrieved 2010-08-02.
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