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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

Ardgillan Castle - Balbriggan County Dublin IReland
Ardgillan Castle & Demesne
Skerries, Co. Dublin
Corrupted from the Irish Ard Choill (high wood), Ardgillan was aptly named until the Rev Robert Tayleur paid labourers a penny a day to clear the land for his new home in 1737. The estate, with its Gothicised house situated in a 200 acre park abo ...
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Golf

Portmarnock Golf Clubhouse
Portmarnock Golf Club
Portmarnock, Co. Dublin
Course Type: Links
On Christmas Eve of 1893 a Scottish Insurance broker named W.C. Pickeman and his friend George Ross rowed over from Sutton to the peninsula of Portmarnock to scout out the land as a p ...
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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

Leopardstown Farmers Market - County Dublin - Fridays
Fridays 10 am - 4 pm

Leopardstown Racecourse

Contact:

Sean McArdle

Tel: 087 611 5016

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Tourist Attractions

Casino Marino - Casino Dublin 3 Ireland
Casino Marino
Dublin 3, Dublin City
The Casino in Marino was designed by Sir William Chambers as a pleasure house situated in the gardens of Marino House for James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont and is one of the finest 18th century neo-classical buildings in Ireland and indeed ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
K Club - Kildare Hotel & Golf Club
Straffan, Co. Kildare
It would be hard to imagine a more luxuriously romantic location for a wedding than the K Club, especially for anyone with golfing connections - set in lush countryside, and overlooking formal gardens and its own pair of championship golf courses ...
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