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QUIZ: How well do you know the M50?

It’s Ireland’s busiest motorway, and the starting point for millions of annual journeys – but how much do you know about it?

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This article was updated on 2/11/19.

THE M50 IS a central part of the daily routine for many Irish drivers, from short hop commuters going from A to B, to long-haul travellers using it to connect them to other road routes around Ireland.

But while you drive along the 45.5km stretch of motorway, looking out for your upcoming junction or checking traffic alerts, how much information about the M50 are you actually taking in? Are you just following your GPS or could find your way around on your own?

There’s a lot to know about the M50, from the various exits to the traffic jam hotspots. Let’s test your knowledge…

1. How did the M50 get its name?
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It was the 50th motorway in Ireland.
It was originally planned with 50 junctions.

It replaced the N50 regional ring road.
2. What’s the name of the last junction on the southbound M50?
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16
17

20
21
3. You're off to Dublin Airport and take the R104/Santry exit Northbound to get onto the M1. Which junction number is this exit?
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1
2

3
4
4. You're headed south to Cork and exit the M50 at Inchicore/R110. Which junction number is this?
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9
10

11
12
5. One major M50 upgrade was the extension from Junction 11 to Junction 13 (Ballinteer). When was this completed?
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1999
2001

2004
2010
6. There's one number missing in the sequential order of junctions from 1 to 17. Which is it?
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8
13

16
7. Junction 9 is often referred to as what?
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The Red Cow
The Purple Cow

The Green Cow
8. Which motorway does the M50 merge with at its south end, along the Bray bypass?
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The M11
The N32

The N81
9. At which northbound exit will you see signs for Sandyford/Dundrum/R113?
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12
13

14
Answer all the questions to see your result!
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You scored out of !
You're not too knowledgeable about the M50.
Hop back in your car, you're not that familiar with the M50. Want to make your next journey easier? Read on below...
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
You've got some learning to do about the M50.
You know a little about the M50, but there's more you could learn. Want to make your next journey easier? Read on below...
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
You're on your way! You know quite a lot about the M50.
A few more journeys on the M50 and you'll be flying. Want to make your next journey even easier? Read on below...
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
You've reached expert status, congratulations!
You really know your way around the M50, you'd be just fine if your GPS stops working! Want to make your next journey even easier? Read on below...
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