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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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English first
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

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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115 reviews 115 reviews
46 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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Galway, Ireland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

this is a good place to visit , scenery is stunning , lovely place to visit , wear flat shoes as there is a bit of a steep climb

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Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This was an amazing site to visit. The kids loved the ability to roam around the ruins uninhibited and the adults loved the wild, ancient 'feel' to the place!!! Truly a glorious site to see!!!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We were on our way to Roscrea and eventually to Leap Castle when we noticed some eye-catching ruins atop a nearby hill. After visiting Roscrea and Leap Castles, we went to find these ruins we had seen from the highway. It was Dunamase Castle ruins and are impressive. Especially how they sit on the rock of Dunamase. All in ruins,... More

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Newry, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Great to see the old castle ruins we went today and the fantastic weather and blue skies simply enhanced the whole experience well worth a visit if you are in the area

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Dublin
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68 reviews 68 reviews
41 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

A ten minute drive from Exit 16 on the M7, this is worth visiting and spending 30/40 minutes there. The Rock of Dunamse contains the ruins of an old castle, first built in the 13th Century, although it had been fortified many centuries earlier, and finally destroyed in the 1650’s. These guys certainly knew how to pick a good defensive... More

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Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland
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61 reviews 61 reviews
45 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This is an amazing place to visit. It's beautiful and full of history. The only problem I have is you need to be careful walking up and down as it's a little steep but I wouldn't put you off going because it's really nice. Some of Darby O'Gill was filmed up here as well.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We make a point of climbing this as a family on St Stephen's Day each year. Easy to find, easy to park. Quite a stiff climb. If you take young children be aware that there are a couple of steep unprotected drops. Those with mobility issues - there are steps and steep rough paths: however I am able to climb... More

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