Experience Celtic History at the Rock of Dunamese

Calling all ancient history lovers! Are you a fan of Celtic history? Or are you just partial to an old ruin from time to time? Either way, on your next trip around Ireland, make sure to visit The Rock of Dunamase just outside the town of Portlaoise! The site is highly relevant in Irish history, originally being built as a Celtic fortification to house the local aristocracy.

Where can I find Celtic History in Ireland?

The country is scattered with evidence of Celtic fortifications, One of the most interesting and famous of these is the Rock of Dunamese outside Portlaoise.

Eventually, the site ended up in the hands of Norman Lords, most of whom came over during the Norman Invasion of Ireland. It was passed around local Kings and Lords, until the 1300s, when it was acquired by the O’Moore’s. In the 1600s it had been taken over by the Earl of Thomond, before finally being destroyed during the Cromwellian Invasion. Of course, there is also stunning views of the surrounding countryside as well! So, what are you waiting for? Make the most of your next day off and visit The Rock Of Dunamese in Portlaoise!

  • Recommended time is 1.5 hours.
  • Adequate clothing and footwear required.
  • Open all year round.

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