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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

Beaulieu House & Gardens, Drogheda County Louth
Beaulieu House, Gardens and Car Museum
Drogheda, Co. Louth
Beaulieu is a very special place, remarkable for its age, its history, and the fact that the same family have lived in the house ever since it was completed in 1666. The enclosed garden dates from a few decades later may have been designed by the ...
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Golf

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Castleknock Golf Club
Dublin 15, Dublin City
Course Type: Parkland
Castleknock Golf Club is a recent addition to the Dublin golfing scene. It is set in a truly serene oasis and is designed to reflect the grandeur of its location as it is on lands that were part of the Somerton Demesne originally owned by Sir Geo ...
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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

Howth Market - County Dublin - Sundays
Howth Fishermans and Farmers Market

Howth Harbour, County Dublin

Every Sunday 10am-4pm

What's Available:

GOURMET FOODS

Organic Fruit & Vegetables

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Tourist Attractions

National Transport Museum - Howth County Dublin Ireland
National Transport Museum
Howth, Co. Dublin
The National Transport Museum is Ireland’s only comprehensive assembly of public and commercial road transport and has 60 vehicles are currently on display. The oldest items date from second half of the 19th century, the newest 1984. It ...
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Wedding Venues

Fallon & Byrne - Wedding Venue Dublin Ireland
Fallon & Byrne
Dublin 2, Dublin City
This chic, contemporary French restaurant could easily be missed given its location above their ground floor speciality grocery and food market (which simply begs you to browse). The function room is another floor above it - accessed by lift or s ...
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