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Swords, Co. Dublin

Swords (Sord Cholm Cille in Irish) is a medium-sized suburban town to the north of the city of Dublin. The town can trace its origins dating back to 560, having been founded by Saint Colmcille (521-567). Legend has it that the saint blessed a local well, giving the town its name Sord meaning "clear" or "pure". However, An Sord also means "the water source" and could indicate a large communal drinking well that existed in antiquity.

Swords has a wide range of shops, banks, pubs and other businesses, including a large modern shopping centre, the Pavilions Centre, off the N1. The town now boasts the largest selection of nightclubs and pubs on the northside of Dublin outside of the city-centre.

Swords Castle is undergoing a significant redevelopment and is intended to become a centre of leisure and a tourist attraction. The body of Brian Boru was said to have been brought there after the Battle of Clontarf, though recent evidence would suggest that the destination was Swords Abbey, which lies slightly to the west of the Main Street.

Gardens

June Blakes Garden - Blessington County Wicklow Ireland
June Blakes Garden & Nursery
Blessington, Co. Wicklow
June Blake’s Garden and Nursery is a plantaholic’s dream and the fact that it is just minutes away from her brother Jimi’s garden at Hunting Brook creates a double attraction. June’s three acres of young garden, set out ar ...
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Golf

Royal Tara Golf Club - Bellinter Navan County Meath Ireland
Royal Tara Golf Club
Navan, Co. Meath
Course Type: Parkland
Royal Tara Golf Club nestled at the foot of the Historic Hill of Tara in the Royal County of Meath is among Ireland's most enjoyable and conveniently located Golfing retreats. Reputably one of the finest inland members Golf complexes-renowned ...
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Self Catering

The Cottages - Self Catering Cottages - Bettystown County Meath Ireland
The Cottages
Bettystown, Co. Meath
Traditional thatched cottages were once very typical of this part of Ireland and, although the six that make up this beach-side hamlet look so immaculate that you could be forgiven for thinking they are new, they are actually about 300 y ...
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What's On

Dun Laoghaire Market - Peoples Park - County Dublin - Sundays
Dun Laoghaire Peoples' Park Market

Peoples' Park, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin

Sundays: 11am - 4pm

The People’s Park Co Co Market is located on the edge of ...
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Tourist Attractions

Saint Patricks Cathedral - Dublin 8 Ireland
Saint Patricks Cathedral
Dublin 8, Dublin City
Built in honour of Ireland's patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptised converts on his visit to Dublin. The present building dates from 1220. The Cathedral i ...
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Wedding Venues

Roganstown Golf & Country Club Hotel - Wedding Venue - Swords County Dublin
Roganstown Hotel & Country Club
Swords, Co. Dublin
Built around a period house and only a few minutes’ drive from Dublin Airport, this recently opened hotel enjoys a country setting and has already earned an enviable reputation for its friendly helpful staff and for good food, in both the b ...
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