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Less than one hour drive southwest from Dublin, in the completely unknown for tourists County Laois, you can find ruins of a huge old fortress Rock of Dunamase. Not much is left from the fortress, it is literally in ruins without any actual shape. When I saw some pictures of it in internet or in the guidebooks I was really discouraged from going there. I have visited it with darek1978 on our way from the Rock of Cashel, and I am sure I want to go back there again. The location on a hill is fantastic, the views in all directions spectacular. It is really a great place to visit for a Sunday afternoon walk. We have arrived there just before the sunset...

The Rock is said to be drawn on a map by the Greek cartographer Ptolemy under the name “Dunum" in the 2nd century, however there is no archaeological evidence to support the theory that Dunum is Dunamase. Dunamase started as an early christian dun known as Dun Masc "the Fort of Masc". The earliest historical reference to Dunamase is in the annals of the four masters where it states that Dun Masc was plundered by the vikings in 843AD and the abbot of Terryglass was killed. (source)
According to a local legend there is a treasure hidden in the Rock of Dunamase. Do not get too exited though. Bandog, a hell-hound with enormous jaws and flaming mouth and eyes, guards over this treasure. (source)

I was not able to find any information about the tiny Holy Trinity Church which you can spot in the bottom right corner of the frame. I bet the treasure is hidden in one of this church’s tombs. We are planning a TE meeting to double check that hypothesis...

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