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

Beaverstown Golf Club - Donabate County Dublin Ireland
Beaverstown Golf Club
Donabate, Co. Dublin
Course Type: Parkland
Beaverstown Golf Club's unique design, laid out on 132 acres that includes 20 acres of mature apple trees, borders the shores of Rogerstown estuary and nature reserve. It makes the best use of these and its other natural features - six lakes an ...
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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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What's On

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

Number Twenty Nine - Georgian House Museum - Fitzwilliam Street Lower Dublin 2 Ireland
Number Twenty Nine - Georgian House Museum
Dublin 2, Dublin City
Number Twenty Nine is Dublin's Georgian House Museum. Visitors take a guided tour from the basement to the attic, through rooms which have been furnished with original artefacts as they would have been in the years 1790 to 1820. Visiting the e ...
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Wedding Venues

Aqua Restaurant - Wedding Venue Howth County Dublin Ireland
Aqua
Howth, Co. Dublin
Previously a yacht club, this fine contemporary restaurant makes a wonderful venue for any special occasion. It recently celebrated its' 10th year in business and is right at the end of the west pier, beside the fishing boats - guests will pass t ...
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