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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

Grasse Cottage Garden - Dun Laoghaire County Dublin IReland
Grasse Cottage
Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Dick Mallet’s garden, created over 48 years, proves the point that passionate plants people have happy gardens. Appearing much bigger than half an acre, thanks to cleverly hidden boundaries and mysterious paths winding between a splendid co ...
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Golf

Beaverstown Golf Club - Donabate County Dublin Ireland
Beaverstown Golf Club
Donabate, Co. Dublin
Course Type: Parkland
Beaverstown Golf Club's unique design, laid out on 132 acres that includes 20 acres of mature apple trees, borders the shores of Rogerstown estuary and nature reserve. It makes the best use of these and its other natural features - six lakes an ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
The Cottage
A 200 year old cottage on a farm high in the Dublin Mountains, with dramatic views over the city and bay, beautifully restored to provide a relaxing alternative to big city bustle.
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What's On

Laytown Farmers Market - Sonairte Co Meath - 1st & 3rd Sunday each Month
Laytown Farmers Market - Every 1st & 3rd Sunday from March to December (21st Dec is last market until March), 10.30am-5pm

Sonairte, The Ecology Centre, Laytown, Co Mea ...
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Tourist Attractions

Hill of Tara - Tara Navan County Meath Ireland
Hill of Tara
Tara, Co. Meath
The Hill of Tara is is an archaeological complex that runs between Navan and Dunshaughlin in County Meath and is best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, however the Hill of Tara has been an important site since the late Stone Age whe ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
The Merrion Hotel
Dublin 2, Dublin City
Just off Dublin’s finest Georgian square, the period elegance of this fine hotel provides a stunning setting for wedding celebrations. The Merrion has been created from four restored Georgian townhouses and, although wedding blessings are n ...
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