If travelling south-west from Dublin along the M7, or vice versa, a good pit stop is located just off the Motorway at Junction 17. It is near the town of Portlaoise. Called the Midway Foodcourt, it houses several fast food outlets, a well designed eating space for 300 diners, good toilet facilities and a large convenient carpark.
We stopped here a few times and found the service quick, and the choice of food quite wide, whether for brunch before 10 a.m., lunchtime or evening.
There is also a Maldron Hotel at the site with conference rooms as well as overnight accommodation.