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

National Botanic Gardens - Dublin Ireland
National Botanic Gardens
Dublin 9, Dublin City
These extensive gardens on the north of Dublin city contain an important plant collection which includes approximately 20,000 species and cultivars. Features worth travelling for include include some stunning herbaceous displays, rose garden, roc ...

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 ...

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 ...

What's On

South Dublin Co Co Market Tallaght - Dublin 24 - Friday
South Dublin Co Co Market Tallaght - Friday 11am-4pm

Civic Plaza between the Library and the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Contact: Des Valelly, www.irishvillage ...

Tourist Attractions

National Concert Hall - Earlsfort Terrace Dublin 2 Ireland
National Concert Hall
Dublin 2, Dublin City
The National Concert Hall is one of the finest concert halls in Europe and boasts a thrilling line-up of some of the world’s greatest performers both nationally and internationally. With weekly performances by the resident orchestra as ...

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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