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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

Primrose Hill Garden - Lucan County Dublin ireland
Primrose Hill
Lucan, Co. Dublin
Primrose Hill is a most endearing garden and the way it is hidden away down a laneway in the middle of Lucan gives a pleasing sense of discovery. An avenue of beech trees with bulbs and cyclamen around their feet offers a suitably grand approach ...
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Golf

Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club - Bettystown County Meath Ireland
Laytown and Bettystown Golf Club
Bettystown, Co. Meath
Course Type: Links
Located on Ireland's scenic east coast just 30 minutes from Dublin, a superb links course designed by Robert Browne cradles a warm and welcoming clubhouse, offering full bar and restaurant facilities. All this adds up to one of Irelands finest an ...
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Self Catering

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The Merrion Mews & Stables
Dublin 2, Dublin City
Dublin’s only surviving intact example of Georgian Domestic architecture at No. 63 Fitzwilliam Lane, Dublin 2. This quaint and charming 18th Century holiday retreat in the heart of the city has been restored to its original charm. The Mew ...
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Harcourt Street Farmers Market - Dublin 2 - Thursdays
Harcourt Street Farmers Market - Thursdays 10am-4pm

Park Place, Station Buildings, Upper Hatch St, Dublin 2

Contact: Sean McArdle Tel: 087 611 5016 info@farmersmarket ...
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Tourist Attractions

Aviva Stadium - Lansdowne Road Dublin 4 Ireland
Aviva Stadium
Dublin 4, Dublin City
The Aviva Stadium is a five tiered state of the art stadium built on the site of the former Lansdowne Road stadium, which was demolished in 2007, and replacing it as home to its chief tenants: the Irish rugby union team and the Republic of Irelan ...
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Wedding Venues

The Clarence Hotel - Dublin Wedding Venue - Penthouse Bedroom
The Clarence Hotel
Dublin 2, Dublin City
Dating back to 1852, this 5* boutique city centre hotel on the south quays has long had a special place in the hearts of Irish people and currently enjoys cult status through its owners - Bono and The Edge, of U2 - who have completely refurbished ...
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