Dunamase, Ireland - Ancient Origins
The Rock of Dunamase is a significant historic attraction in Ireland found on a prominent outcrop overlooking the valley of the O’Moores, just outside Portlaoise. It started as an early Christian settlement known as Dun Masc, which was attacked and raided by the Vikings in the 9th century AD. In the 12th century, it became an important Anglo Norman fortification. The ruins that can be seen today include remains of the 12th century castle, as well as later additions to the site made in the 18th century, including a banqueting hall.