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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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Stockbridge, Georgia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
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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Austin, Tx
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Castle ruins on top of a hill. Amazing 360 views of Ireland. Well worth the stop and spend half an hour or more.

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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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117 reviews 117 reviews
46 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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