Rock of Dunamase, Portlaoise

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Storm the castle at Rock of Dunamase, a fortress dating back to the 12th century and once pillaged by Vikings. The rock itself stands above a flat plain, which holds the castle ruins and offers picturesque views of the countryside. The structure has passed through many hands, including the Normans and local Irish lords, and local tradition says it was besieged and blown up by the Cromwellian generals in 1651. While there are no records of these events, it is probably the best explanation for the ruins you can explore today. Take care when navigating the castle, as some parts can be dangerous. Add Rock of Dunamase to your Portlaoise travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Portlaoise trip planning tool .
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  • August 16, 2017
    This spot is stunning - the views are incredible and the history is palpable. We went at sunset and it was beautiful and peaceful.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This ruined castle is a fantastic spot to visit, with amazing views of the surrounding areas and make for a wonderful set of ruins to explore. It could do with a bit more information - there is just o...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    As you walk around this ruin, you can just imagine what it looked like in all its glory. Build on top of a high rock with only one side easily acessible, at one time it must have been easy to defend. ...  more »
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  • June 9, 2017
    Great for young children. Short walk from carpark. Thankfully undeveloped. Nothing​commercial. Great views across Co Laois for such a low hill.
  • May 29, 2017
    Amazing and under appreciated We were just about the only people there, crazy as it's fantastic. Great history and great to walk amongst the ruins, like a movie scene
  • April 19, 2017
    Google the history of this castle. Off the tourist path- remarkable story tracing back to the last time Ireland was independent. Great picture spots.
  • June 12, 2017
    A very cool and unique experience to be able to explore the ruins of an ancient castle and it's free!
  • June 15, 2017
    Great slice of history in the midlands..worth the trek to the top for the fantastic view of the land.

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