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Rock of Dunamase

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Address: | Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland
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Viewing the Greens

Although off the beaten path this wonderful castle ruin is spectacular. You can see the fields of green in all directions. The kids loved climbing in the windows for photos. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Although off the beaten path this wonderful castle ruin is spectacular. You can see the fields of green in all directions. The kids loved climbing in the windows for photos. We use is as a break on our drive from Dublin to Adare. It is right outside of Portlaiose.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

To Powerpix Reviewer who stated that the Rock of Dunamaise is "one of the landmarks of County Offaly"!! The Rock of Dunamaise is NOT in County Offaly, it is in County Laois, approximately 4.5 miles from Portlaoise town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is not a site for the feint hearted or anyone poor in health, but it is still worth a visit. One of the landmarks of County Offaly. Not to be missed.

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Desborough, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Ive been going here every year twice a year for my whole life. The views are amazing and it shows off the beauty of ireland!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Free OPW site. My friends said it was well cleared of vegetation since their last visit. The view on a clear evening was spectacular. Mind your ankles and let your spirits soar.

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Melbourne, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I had learned about the Rock of Dunamase by looking up filming locations for the movie Leap Year. Even though in the movie, they called in Ballycarbery Castle AND it was greatly added to by use of CGI, I really wanted to visit. We were staying in Carlow, and it was a fairly short drive to site. All I can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

If you are in this part of the country it's a must, lovely site brilliant views and the history here is magnificent. It would be a SIn to miss.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

If you're a history buff like me and you're travelling through County Laois in the Irish midlands then a visit to Dunamase is must. Though the castle is in ruins there are enough remains to let the imagination run riot and travel virtually through time in ones head to imagine how formidable place must have looked like when it was... More 

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Portlaoise, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

As with most historical sites in Ireland there is a lack of information on the site so visitors dont really know what they are looking at or the history behind the monument. On a clear days the views are lovely and theres no charge to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

So very glad we went here for a visit. It is about ten minutes drive from portlaoise town and is definitely well worth the visit. An old medieval fort from Norman times that is in ruins now. It's well maintained and gives a good idea of how it would've looked - if you use your imagination a little!

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