I am looking for the best route between these towns, that is the best route for driving. And an approximation of drive time in August. We don't have time to stop off in Cork this trip. I wondered though if the road was better going this way. Or better to take what appears the shorter route through Mallow. I have read on many posts that a shorter distance does not always equate to a quicker trip in Ireland. We are from Australia so used to left hand drive.