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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

Hunting Brook Gardens - Blessington County Wicklow
Hunting Brook Gardens
Blessington, Co. Wicklow
One of the youngest open gardens, Hunting Brook has all the excitement of a fresh approach and new ideas. But the bones of the place are very old indeed - behind the house there is a ring fort dating back to the 7th century, and the namesake broo ...
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Golf

Dun Laoghaire Golf CLub - Enniskerry County Wicklow Ireland
Dun Laoghaire Golf Club
Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
Course Type: Parkland
Dun Laoghaire Golf Club sits dramatically between mountains and the sea in Ballyman Glen, a uniquely beautiful valley on the borders of Counties Dublin and Wicklow. One of the best courses in Ireland, the 27 hole championship course has been desi ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
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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Cabinteely Park Market - Co Dublin - Sundays
Cabinteely Park -  Sundays - 10am-4pm

Cabinteely House is an 18th century Demesne house set in 45 hectares of Parkland. The Park boasts a great playground, extensive ...
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Tourist Attractions

Farmleigh House & Estate - Phoenix Park Dublin 15 Ireland
Farmleigh House & Estate
Dublin 15, Dublin City
Farmleigh is an estate of 78 acres situated to the north-west of Dublin's Phoenix Park that was originally built around a smaller Georgian house in the 1880's by Edward Cecil Guinness first Earl of Iveagh, the great-grandson of Arthur Guinness. ...
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Wedding
Slane Castle
Slane, Co. Meath
Set in the heart of the picturesque Boyne Valley on a magnificent 1,500 acre estate, Slane Castle is one of Ireland’s oldest and most beautiful castles. There are several fine churches to choose from nearby - including Rathfeigh Church, and ...
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