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Rock of Dunamase

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Address: | Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland
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Situated on the top of a small hill is this fascinating castle, once owned by the 11th century Aoife of Dermot McMurrough (I think those names are correct). Stunning views from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Situated on the top of a small hill is this fascinating castle, once owned by the 11th century Aoife of Dermot McMurrough (I think those names are correct). Stunning views from the castle over Laois. A small but sufficient car park. The old castle walls were fun to climb over and walk around. It's free too.

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Drogheda, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This is beautiful place, we were there on sunny day which was bonus as views were stunning. Kids loved climbing and every corner had something special to see. For a change it was free. If I knew I would have brought food for picnic and stayed there all day!

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit. Great views from the top, can see for miles. Good view of the church below, Take care walking and wear good walking shoes. It is steep and rocky!

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Gort, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Don't miss this ancient site. There is still enough of it left to evoke images of times gone by. Built in the 12th century on the grounds of a 9th centuary timber fort. panoramic views much the same as the one they had 100s of years ago, minus the motorway and huge round bales. The bales added to the landscape,... More 

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Essex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

I only new about these ruins from watching the film 'Leap year'. We visited on our journey from Dublin to Limerick. My boys (8 and 12) enjoyed exploring as did me and my husband. We took so many photos! It is really lovely and there are some beautiful views. It's a great 'free' tourist attraction

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Freehold, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We stopped here on our way out from Dublin & glad we did. A lovely quiet spot & we had it all to ourselves. A relatively easy climb, and beautiful views from the top.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Paid a visit here on our way home from a Bank Holiday weekend. Didn't know it existed before. Great place for photographs. Was pretty windy on the day. People with small children should be vigilant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This was our last stop before returning to Dublin to fly home after 10 days in the south/west of the country. This was the site of the stronghold of one of the major players in Irish history, and the scale, scope, and commanding views from this castle complex must be seen to be appreciated. Lots of climbing on uneven ground... More 

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northern ireland
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

a unexpected attraction amidst beautiful ripe barley fields. the view from the rock shows the fertile lands of midland ireland an everlasting memory

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Waterford, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Great spot for an atmospheric picnic or just a ramble and a chat. No guides and little information but doesn't take away from it unless your keen on that.

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