First service station on M8 to be built near Fermoy town

First service station on M8 to be built near Fermoy town
David Caraher, Engineering Manager, Topaz and Nigel Maguire, Head of Development, McDonalds announcing the two new service centres. Photo Iain White/Fennell Photography.

THE first motorway service station between Cork and Dublin will be built on the M8 near Fermoy, bringing more than 100 part-time and full-time jobs. 

The joint venture between Topaz and McDonald's fast food chain will see the service station fully developed on the M8 near Fermoy by autumn of this year. 

It is expected to cost in the region of €8m to develop and its development will create up to 50 jobs. 

The site will feature a food court offering, to include Topaz’s ‘food on the go’ offer - Re.Store, its Mexican offering Cantina, a McDonald’s restaurant, and self-service customer refreshment facilities. There will be a large indoor seating area, as well as external picnic and seating areas for the summer months.

Once opened, the service areas will be in operation 24 hours a day, providing a full range of services to all road users day and night. There will be in excess of 140 parking spaces, to include truck and coach parking. 

The Fermoy plans were confirmed announced alongside a similar project for the Dublin/Waterford Road at Carlow.

Niall Anderton, managing director of Topaz, said: “The Dublin to Cork and Dublin to Waterford routes are two of the busiest routes in Ireland, and we are excited to announce this development of two new full-service stations to serve Irish motorists."

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