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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

Burton Hall Garden - Border
Burton Hall
Dublin 18, Dublin City
An oasis in the midst of a commercial hub, the fine old walled garden of 1731 Burton Hall has a new incarnation as a teaching garden and is part of the training and rehabilitation programme for Cluain Mhuire. There are lots of enjoyable thing ...
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Golf

Saint Margarets Golf Club - Saint Margarets County Dublin Ireland
Saint Margarets Golf Club
Swords, Co. Dublin
Course Type: Parkland
St. Maragret's Golf Club is a challenging 18 hole parkland golf course that sees water featuring heavily. It boasts big dramatic holes like the roller coaster twelfth, which rolls between two lakes and across a babbling brook to a majestically el ...
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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

Citywest Shopping Centre Farmers Market - Dublin
Sundays 11am-5pm

Location:

Citywest S.C. is located 1.5km off N7 at Brown's Barn turn-off, in Citywest business park

Contact:

Conor Tobin - 087 060 9479, ...
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Tourist Attractions

The Butlers Chocolate Experience - Dublin 17 Ireland
The Butlers Chocolate Experience
Dublin 17, Dublin City
Based in the home of Butlers Chocolates, a visit here is a must for chocolate lovers of all ages! View a chocolate movie, then stroll around the chocolate museum, tour the working chocolate factory. Then in what many would cite as being the b ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Number Ten
Dublin 1, Dublin City
This unusual private venue allows the bride and groom the wonderful experience of becoming hosts for the day in a beautiful Georgian Town House in the centre of Dublin city, overlooking the River Liffey. An inconspicuous front door on Lower Ormon ...
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