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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

Grasse Cottage Garden - Dun Laoghaire County Dublin IReland
Grasse Cottage
Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Dick Mallet’s garden, created over 48 years, proves the point that passionate plants people have happy gardens. Appearing much bigger than half an acre, thanks to cleverly hidden boundaries and mysterious paths winding between a splendid co ...
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Golf

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K Club, The - Ryder Cup 2006
Straffan, Co. Kildare
Course Type: Parkland / Inland Links
Set amongst the lush countryside of Co. Kildare are two magnificent 18 hole championship golf courses within the resort that is to host the 2006 Ryder Cup. Both of The K Club's courses were designed by Arnold Palmer but each has its own character ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
No. 25 Eustace Street
Dublin 2, Dublin City
Located in the heart of Dublin’s liveliest quarter, no. 25. Eustace Street is a perfect location for exploring Dublin’s buoyant, contemporary cultural life. The property dates from c.1720. It is one of a small number of houses of the ...
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What's On

Fingal Food Fayre - Rush - County Dublin
Fingal Food Fayre

Fingal Arts Centre

Rush, County Dublin

Last Sunday of every month, 12-5pm.

As well as a wide range of organic, fresh and international foods, ...
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Tourist Attractions

Leopardstown Racecourse - Leopardstown Dublin 18 Ireland
Leopardstown Racecourse
Dublin 18, Dublin City
Leopardstown Racecourse is well known horse racing venue that is located about 8km south of Dublin city centre. Like the majority of Irish courses Leopardstown hosts both National Hunt and Flat racing totalling about 22 meetings per year.
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
The Merrion Hotel
Dublin 2, Dublin City
Just off Dublin’s finest Georgian square, the period elegance of this fine hotel provides a stunning setting for wedding celebrations. The Merrion has been created from four restored Georgian townhouses and, although wedding blessings are n ...
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