Rock of Dunamase, Laois, Ireland – Things to See and Do

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: January 20, 2014
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Laois
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The Rock of Dunamase in County Laois is a very prominent outcrop. Standing at over 45 metres in height, the outcrop with its castle ruins totally dominates the surrounding countryside. Although the rock is said to be drawn on a map by the greek cartographer Ptolemy under the name "Dunum" in the 2nd century, there is no archaeological evidence to support the theory that Dunum is Dunamase. The Vikings pillaged the settlement in 842. Later, in the 12th Century, Dunamase became an important Anglo Norman fortification and was part of Aoife’s dowry when she married Strongbow in 1170.

1. Rock of Dunamase, Laois, Ireland - Things to See and Do

Altitude: 147 m