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

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

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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

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

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre - Ashtown Castle - Phoenix Park Dublin 8 Ireland
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre - Ashtown Castle
Dublin 8, Dublin City
Ashtown Castle is a restored medieval tower house dating from the 15th century and is the oldest building in the Phoenix Park. It is located beside the Visitor Centre which houses interpretive displays on the 5,500 years of park and area history ...
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Wedding Venues

Shelbourne Hotel Dublin - Wedding Venue - The Great Room
The Shelbourne Dublin
Dublin 2, Dublin City
The Irish Constitution was drafted here and the recent brief closure of this opulent 18th-century hotel overlooking St Stephen's Green (Europe's largest garden square) has served as a reminder to Dubliners that it is still central to life in the ...
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