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Rock of Dunamase

| Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Portlaoise
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
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Guelph, Canada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
28 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

It is unfortunate that time has taken such a toll on the Rock of Dunamase; however, the remains of the castle sit rather majestically on top of a large hill and afford the visitor a chance to wander through and wonder what it was like in ages past. The views are stunning. It's a great area to explore.

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The countryside views from the top of this site are amazing, thoroughly recommend it. not suitable for disabled or wheelchair users

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Roscrea, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

beautiful , unique site , bit of a hike up , the stones on the path make it very slippy underfoot , but its worth it once you get up there . we took some beautiful wedding pics up there , and the views are stunning

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Stockbridge, Georgia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

One of the most spectacular views in Ireland. It is set high on a rise and overlooks the entire area. The Rock is really an old Castle. It is in ruins, but worth the visit just for the view. The Ruins are also quite interesting.

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Port Laoise, Laois, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

nice view and close from Portlaoise nice view and close from Portlaoise nice view and close from Portlaoise nice view and close from Portlaoise

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We could easily find the small parking place near the ruin of Danamase. There is good access to the ruin. Unfortunately there is not much left, but it is worth visiting and you have a nice view from the top of the rock/ruin

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Dublin, Ireland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Took a little side-trip (about 5km) off the M7 motorway to visit the Rock. This would have been a very impressive site in its prime but is a collection of ruins now. There are imposing views of the surrounding countryside and I enjoyed a ramble around the site. There is no visitor centre, facilities or reconstructed buildings and I saw... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Amazing structure. How it is still standing. And all the history attached on a fine day one would want to spend a lot more time there !

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Belfast, NI
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This place came to our attention after watching the film 'Leap Year'. We thought it looked great and, as I'd never been before in more than 20 years of touring round Ireland, decided to track it down. Whilst signposted from the main road, the signposts then disappear at a crucial roundabout, which wasn't a great start. However, it's well worth... More

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Ennis, Ireland
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121 reviews 121 reviews
49 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The Rock of Dunamase is a popular historic attraction found overlooking the valley of the O’Moores, just outside Portlaoise, County Laois. It was the location of an early Christian settlement known as Dun Masc and later became an Anglo Norman fortification. The Vikings pillaged the settlement in 842. Later, in the 12th Century, Dunamase became an important Anglo Norman fortification... More

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