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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
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

Smithfield Outdoor Food Market - Dublin 1 - Fridays
Smithfield Outdoor Food Market - Fridays 10-3pm Weekly

Smithfield: Tree Grove, near Luas line, Dublin 1

Contact: Brendan Whelan 086 815 0836 casualtrading@dublincity.ie
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Tourist Attractions

Glasnevin Museum - Finglas Road Dublin 11 Ireland
Glasnevin Museum
Dublin 11, Dublin City
Glasnevin Museum is a dynamic visitor attraction located on Dublin's northside. The Museum is of interest not only to anyone interested in Irish Heritage & Genealogy, but also those interested in art, architecture and a day well spent. Th ...
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Wedding Venues

The Mansion House Events Centre - Wedding Venue - Dublin
The Mansion House Events Centre
Dublin 2, Dublin City
The Mansion House Built in 1710 for Joshua Dawson after whom Dawson Street was named, The Mansion House was bought by Dublin Corporation in 1715 and became the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. Steeped in history, The Mansion Ho ...
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