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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

National Botanic Gardens - Dublin Ireland
National Botanic Gardens
Dublin 9, Dublin City
These extensive gardens on the north of Dublin city contain an important plant collection which includes approximately 20,000 species and cultivars. Features worth travelling for include include some stunning herbaceous displays, rose garden, roc ...
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Golf

18th Green & Clubhouse
Royal Dublin Golf Club, The
Dublin 3, Dublin City
Course Type: Links
A treasured location Bull Island, home to The Royal Dublin Golf Club, is a protected wildlife habitat with a fabulous range of flora and fauna. Despite this, it is only three miles (5km) from Dublin city centre ...
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The Cottages - Self Catering Cottages - Bettystown County Meath Ireland
The Cottages
Bettystown, Co. Meath
Traditional thatched cottages were once very typical of this part of Ireland and, although the six that make up this beach-side hamlet look so immaculate that you could be forgiven for thinking they are new, they are actually about 300 y ...
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What's On

Castleknock Village Food Market
Sunday 10am-4pm

Location:

Castleknock Shopping Centre (Behind Silver Spoon/Flynn's Auctioneers), Castleknock Village, Dublin 15

Contact:

Darragh Walshe Tel: ...
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Tourist Attractions

Leopardstown Racecourse - Leopardstown Dublin 18 Ireland
Leopardstown Racecourse
Dublin 18, Dublin City
Leopardstown Racecourse is well known horse racing venue that is located about 8km south of Dublin city centre. Like the majority of Irish courses Leopardstown hosts both National Hunt and Flat racing totalling about 22 meetings per year.
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Slane Castle
Slane, Co. Meath
Set in the heart of the picturesque Boyne Valley on a magnificent 1,500 acre estate, Slane Castle is one of Ireland’s oldest and most beautiful castles. There are several fine churches to choose from nearby - including Rathfeigh Church, and ...
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