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Driving Dublin Airport to Doolin

We land at 5:15am in Dublin and plan to drive directly to Doolin. It looks like we could take the M6 or the M7 and I am wondering if there is a reason to take one route over the other? This would also be the case on our return, in reverse. Thanks!

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Dublin+Airport,+Corballis,+Co.+Dublin,+Ireland/Doolin+Inn,+1+Fisher+St,+Ballyvara,+Doolin,+Co.+Clare,+V95+CC79,+Ireland/@53.0437354,-8.3603446,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x486711b69311d28d:0xf7d75418419dac0d!2m2!1d-6.23912!2d53.42608!1m5!1m1!1s0x485b07517e718635:0x9f2a20c795efeb9e!2m2!1d-9.3836229!2d53.0126486!3e0

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Though most here suggest that you avoid driving right after the long overnight flight, if you're absolutely committed to doing so I'd suggest the M6 ... mainly because it offers a nice enroute stop at Clonmacnoise where you could take a break, coffee-up, and generally recharge at one of Ireland's top attractions.
Another potential stop would be at the Burren, which would also give you a chance to stretch your legs and generally get the blood flowing again.
I've generally found thatr the adrenalin wears off after a couple of hours behind the wheel and the fatigue starts to set in with a vengeance. Do be on your guard for that and plan accordingly to avoid becoming a statistic.