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Address: | Seven kilometres east of Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Ireland
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My favourite place in Ireland

After months of looking for somewhere to propose to my partner I came across these ruins. I got in contact with the page on Facebook to find out how accessible the ruins were and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

After months of looking for somewhere to propose to my partner I came across these ruins. I got in contact with the page on Facebook to find out how accessible the ruins were and a gentleman named Ray gave me some information. Not only that, but offered to guide us and supplied us with so much information and knowledge of... More 

Thank WilliamBlackmore
Santa Barbara, California
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168 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed this as our first Ireland experience after driving west from the airport. Beautiful countryside, with a ruined castle that's worth a little time to explore.

1 Thank aussiesb
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20 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

In my opiniom it is one od few remains which you can describe as ruins. There are about 800 castles in Ireland but most od them has only wall, window or gate remaining. Dunamase without doubt is different - as I said real ruins where you can see walls tower and some rooms. It is located 1km from N80 between... More 

Thank bigbrother1969
Belfast, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Lovely for a nice walk and provides the opportunity for some stunning photographs. The scenery which surrounds the area is breathtaking and makes a visit all the more worthwhile. Would highly recommend this to anyone and at no expense you have nothing to lose.

Thank Samuel M
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31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

We were here November 27th. We had just arrived in Ireland, jumped in our car and started our adventure. This was our first stop. What a sight to see! We arrived just as it was getting to daylight. The climb up was unexpected. When you park you see it above you however once you pass through the first gate there... More 

3 Thank Danielle N
Wittenberg, Wisconsin
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50 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Our Irish "friend" advised us to visit the ruins and glad we did. At the time we trekked up to the ruins we were the only visitors, except for a local who was biking down the path from the top. The history is fascinating and the surrounding views are simply breathtaking.

1 Thank Jim M
Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

This is a great place for accessibility as it is just off the motorway and very easy to find, being wel signposted. Car Park was right beside the hotel and was free for our 2 night visit. Direct access from hotel to car park. Good value for a mid week break. We were a group of 12 ladies, and we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Nice evening stroll with amazing views to be had. Went on a sunny day and could see for miles on end. Worth a visit.

Thank Trevor K
Dublin, Ireland
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Tried a little of the history thing with the kids. They loved being so high in such a low lying area. They enjoyed hearing about warriors and battles and castles. Not much left now but its amazing how the imagination can build it up.

Thank Declan S
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

We have visited the Rock many times and always have lots of fun. First visited in approximately mid 1980s as a young child and will continue to visit until I can no longer walk to the top.

Thank TheROWEfamily

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