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 ...

Golf

Saint Margarets Golf Club - Saint Margarets County Dublin Ireland
Saint Margarets Golf Club
Swords, Co. Dublin
Course Type: Parkland
St. Maragret's Golf Club is a challenging 18 hole parkland golf course that sees water featuring heavily. It boasts big dramatic holes like the roller coaster twelfth, which rolls between two lakes and across a babbling brook to a majestically el ...

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 ...

What's On

Dun Laoghaire Market - Peoples Park - County Dublin - Sundays
Dun Laoghaire Peoples' Park Market

Peoples' Park, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin

Sundays: 11am - 4pm

The People’s Park Co Co Market is located on the edge of ...

Tourist Attractions

National Gallery of Ireland - Dublin 2 Ireland
National Gallery of Ireland
Dublin 2, Dublin City
The National Gallery of Ireland houses the Irish national collection of Irish and European art and holds more than 15,000 works. The Gallery has an extensive, representative collection of Irish painting and is also notable for its Italian Bar ...

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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