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WATCH: Laois castle features in new historic app which ‘brings history to life’

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This one is for the die hard Laois fans!

The Rock of Dunamase features in a new app that aims to ‘bring history alive’.

The castle has been included in TimeTour, which allows users to explore the current day ruins of the castle, expertly recreated using 3D digital mapping technology.

History fans can walk around the recreation of the castles main buildings to see all the amazing details of each room, staircase and tower.

The Rock of Dunamase was the location of an early Christian settlement known as Dun Masc and later became an important Anglo Norman fortification.

It was one of the most important Anglo-Norman strongholds in Laois when the Normans arrived in Ireland in the 12th century and before that, raided by The Vikings in 842.

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.

From 1325 until 1609, the castle belonged to the O’Moore family of Laois, before ownership passed to the Earl of Thomond.

It was finally destroyed, during the Cromwellian invasion in 1650. Despite the castle’s ruined state.

And now with this app, the whole place comes to life!

Visitors can get a sense of its former grandiosity and also have the opportunity to take in stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

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