A rarity for European services: this is an independently-owned development. It was a small complex, but it was expanded in 2020.
Catering: Chopped, Papa John's Pizza, Insomnia Coffee, Spar Express, Subway, Supermac's, Gino's Gelato, Zambrero, Boston Donuts Shops: Spar Express, Mayfield Fare Main Amenities: Tourist Information Display, Children's Soft Play Area, Showers Hotel: none Charging Points: ESB ecars Forecourt: Texaco, Air1 AdBlue, Car Wash
Parking is free of charge and available for up to 2 hours only.
Junction 14 Mayfield
Eircode: W34 E789
- 📞 Telephone number: 045 532 480
- 🗺 Grid reference: N 66073 10930
Trivia and History
The service area opened on 17 June 2011, following a €7m investment. It was developed privately by two local businessmen, Liam and Donal Fitzpatrick, following delays to the National Road Authority's plans for their own service stations. They already ran Newlodge service station on the old N7 in nearby Monasterevin.
Their first proposal was put forward in 2006, following a study of European motorway services, as Ireland didn't have any at the time. This would have had only one food counter, no overflow car park and toilets only on the west side of the building.
The small amenity building serves all visitors, including forecourt customers, making it very busy. To counter this, there was a separate toilet block accessed from the car park, a handy feature which was designed-out of British motorway services 30 years ago. The unusual layout makes visiting easier for forecourt users than those in the car park.
Although the brand name Junction14 is used all around the site, the service area is owned by the Fitzpatrick family's Lidon Group.
The service area was a stop on Coca-Cola's 2015 Christmas Truck Tour.
Expansion and Rivalry
In 2017, there was a plan to significantly extend the existing amenity building, adding a first story area for staff. This was granted planning permission. The new building opened in early 2020, introducing Papa John's Pizza, and seeing a thorough refurbishment of the interior. There is now only a single toilet block, but the building has two entrances.
In 2018, Conor Furey and Associates applied for planning permission to build a larger service station immediately next to Mayfield (in the south-west corner of the junction). Planning permission was refused owing to concerns about its impact on the town and on traffic at the junction, but an appeal will be heard in October 2019.
It would have had three restaurants including one with a drive thru window. The appeal was rejected in March 2020.
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