You’re Welcome to Laois

camping - You're Welcome to Laois

Stunning views of the surrounding countryside make the towering Rock of Dunamaise a strategic place to build a fortress. The first known settlement on the rock was Dun Masc, an early Christian settlement that was pillaged in 842 by the Vikings. When the Normans arrived Dunamaise became the most important fortification in Laois. It was part of the dowry of Aoife, the daughter of Diarmuid Mac Murrough, King of Leinster, when she was given in marriage to the Norman conqueror Strongbow in 1170.