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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

21 Library Road
21 Library Road
Dublin 18, Dublin City
Statuesque echiums and a profusion of unusual plants bursting over the garden wall signal the presence of a promising garden. But the real treat - a sumptuous feast for plant lovers- lies hidden behind Carmel Duignan’s house. For here is a ...
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Golf

Killeen Golf Club - Kill County Kildare Ireland
Killeen Golf Club
Straffan, Co. Kildare
Course Type: Parkland
Killeen golf course was designed in 1980. Since then the course has undergone many changes both in size and design to get it to the high USGA standard that it is at today. With the purchase of extra land in 1990 the team of Tom Craddock and 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

Honest2Goodness - Glasnevin Dublin 11 - Saturdays
Honest2Goodness - Saturdays 9.30-4.30pm

136a Slaney Close Dublin Industrial Estate Glasnevin Dublin 11

Contact: Brid Carter at 087-629 4713 brid@honest2goodness.ie
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Tourist Attractions

The Butlers Chocolate Experience - Dublin 17 Ireland
The Butlers Chocolate Experience
Dublin 17, Dublin City
Based in the home of Butlers Chocolates, a visit here is a must for chocolate lovers of all ages! View a chocolate movie, then stroll around the chocolate museum, tour the working chocolate factory. Then in what many would cite as being the b ...
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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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