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

Hunting Brook Gardens - Blessington County Wicklow
Hunting Brook Gardens
Blessington, Co. Wicklow
One of the youngest open gardens, Hunting Brook has all the excitement of a fresh approach and new ideas. But the bones of the place are very old indeed - behind the house there is a ring fort dating back to the 7th century, and the namesake broo ...

Golf

The 6th
Roganstown Golf & Country Club
Swords, Co. Dublin
Course Type: Parkland
Renowned as one of Ireland’s legendary golfers and now one of the world’s most established golf course designers, Christy O’Connor Jnr, has created a masterpiece of skill and tactical design at Roganstown Golf & Country Club ...

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

Ranelagh Farmers Market - Dublin - Sundays
Ranelagh Farmers Market

Multi Denominational School, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Sundays 10am - 4pm

The Ranelagh Food Market started in May 09 and is now run by a committee ...

Tourist Attractions

Dublin Zoo - Phoenix Park Dublin 8 Ireland
Dublin Zoo
Dublin 8, Dublin City
Located in the Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin city, Dublin Zoo is one of Ireland’s most popular visitor attractions, and welcomed almost one million visitors last year. As one of the world’s oldest, yet modern zoos, the 28 hectar ...

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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