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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

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Carton House Golf Club
Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Course Type: Parkland / Inland Links
Carton House is located in an area that is rich in the quality of golf that is offered, yet it still provides a challenge that is worthy of any of its illustrious neighbours. It offers a golfing resort containing two testing championship courses, ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
No. 25 Eustace Street
Dublin 2, Dublin City
Located in the heart of Dublin’s liveliest quarter, no. 25. Eustace Street is a perfect location for exploring Dublin’s buoyant, contemporary cultural life. The property dates from c.1720. It is one of a small number of houses of the ...
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What's On

Pearse Street Market - Saturdays
Pearse Street Market - Saturday 9.30-3.30pm

St Andrews Centre, Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Contact: www.supernatural.ie 087 630 3839
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Tourist Attractions

Newgrange & Knowth - Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre - Donore County Meath Ireland
Newgrange & Knowth - Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre
Donore, Co. Meath
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre interprets the Neolithic monuments of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The extensive exhibition includes a full scale replica of the chamber at Newgrange as well as a full model of one of the smaller tom ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Leixlip House Hotel
Leixlip, Co. Kildare
Up on a hill overlooking Leixlip village, just eight miles from Dublin city centre, this fine Georgian house was built in 1722 and is furnished and decorated to a high standard in period style and, with gleaming antique furniture and gilt-framed ...
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