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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

Rathmichael Lodge - Garden Dublin
Rathmichael Lodge
Dublin 18, Dublin City
Rathmichael Lodge is one of those gardens that wins an “oh!” of pleasure when they first burst into the field of vision. Like sex appeal it’s a quality that is hard to pin down, but whatever it is Corinne and Richard Hewat&rsquo ...
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Golf

South County Golf Club - Brittas County Dublin Ireland
South County Golf Club
Saggart, Co. Dublin
Course Type: Parkland
The South County Golf Club is a Dr. Nick Bielenberg designed championship parkland golf course set amongst the foot hills of the Dublin Mountains. It is a par 72 parkland course measuring 7,014 yards from the tips. Use of the landscape is a ke ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
The Cottage
A 200 year old cottage on a farm high in the Dublin Mountains, with dramatic views over the city and bay, beautifully restored to provide a relaxing alternative to big city bustle.
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Smithfield Outdoor Food Market - Dublin 1 - Fridays
Smithfield Outdoor Food Market - Fridays 10-3pm Weekly

Smithfield: Tree Grove, near Luas line, Dublin 1

Contact: Brendan Whelan 086 815 0836 casualtrading@dublincity.ie
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Tourist Attractions

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Battle of the Boyne
Drogheda, Co. Louth
The Battle of the Boyne between two rival claimants of the English, Scottish, and Irish thrones King William III and his father-in-law, King James II, was fought on 1 July 1690 (11 July according to our modern calendar). French dominance in Europ ...
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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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