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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

Primrose Hill Garden - Lucan County Dublin ireland
Primrose Hill
Lucan, Co. Dublin
Primrose Hill is a most endearing garden and the way it is hidden away down a laneway in the middle of Lucan gives a pleasing sense of discovery. An avenue of beech trees with bulbs and cyclamen around their feet offers a suitably grand approach ...
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Golf

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Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links
Portmarnock, Co. Dublin
Course Type: Links
The Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links is set in splendid surroundings overlooking the magnificent beach known as Velvet Strand. The house was originally owned by the Jameson family, famous for their Irish whiskey. Their home has been tastefully co ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Castletown Gatelodges
Celbridge, Co. Kildare
Situated at the bottom of the tree lined avenue to Castletown House, Ireland’s finest Palladian Country House.  Both properties are prominently placed at the top of the main street in Celbridge, Co Kildare opposite the quaint Church of ...
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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

Trinity College Dublin - Dublin 2 Ireland
Trinity College Dublin & Book of Kells
Dublin 2, Dublin City
Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed. Inside is housed the Book of Kells - a 9th-c ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Number Ten
Dublin 1, Dublin City
This unusual private venue allows the bride and groom the wonderful experience of becoming hosts for the day in a beautiful Georgian Town House in the centre of Dublin city, overlooking the River Liffey. An inconspicuous front door on Lower Ormon ...
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