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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

Lodge Park Walled Gardens - Straffan County Kildare Ireland
Lodge Park Walled Gardens
Straffan, Co. Kildare
The spicy scent of clipped box, bees drowsy with heat, fruit ripening against sun warmed brick and herbaceous plants pampered into magnificence: Lodge Park has all the magic to be expected of a walled garden and more. Originally dating back t ...
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Golf

South County Golf Club - Brittas County Dublin Ireland
South County Golf Club
Saggart, Co. Dublin
Course Type: Parkland
The South County Golf Club is a Dr. Nick Bielenberg designed championship parkland golf course set amongst the foot hills of the Dublin Mountains. It is a par 72 parkland course measuring 7,014 yards from the tips. Use of the landscape is a ke ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Castletown Gatelodges
Celbridge, Co. Kildare
Situated at the bottom of the tree lined avenue to Castletown House, Ireland’s finest Palladian Country House.  Both properties are prominently placed at the top of the main street in Celbridge, Co Kildare opposite the quaint Church of ...
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What's On

Skerries Farmers Market - Skerries Mills - County Dublin
Farmer’s Market in the historical Skerries Mills at 10.00 - 16.00. every Saturday.

Contact: Ray Hunt, Skerries Mills, Tel: 01 849 5208
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Tourist Attractions

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St Marys Abbey
Dublin 1, Dublin City
St. Mary's Abbey was once the wealthiest Cistercian Abbey in Ireland, founded in 1139 it played a large role in the affairs of the state until its dissolution by Henry VIII in 1539. It was here in St Mary's Abbey that Silken Thomas Fitzgerald ...
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Wedding Venues

The Mansion House Events Centre - Wedding Venue - Dublin
The Mansion House Events Centre
Dublin 2, Dublin City
The Mansion House Built in 1710 for Joshua Dawson after whom Dawson Street was named, The Mansion House was bought by Dublin Corporation in 1715 and became the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. Steeped in history, The Mansion Ho ...
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