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

Knockmore Garden - Enniskerry County Wicklow Ireland
Knockmore
Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
Below a small Palladian house looking out to Dublin Bay, lie steep stone terraces, built in the nineteenth century. Hundred year old trees give the three acre garden a romantic setting. Here are many unusual features: a ...

Golf

Royal Tara Golf Club - Bellinter Navan County Meath Ireland
Royal Tara Golf Club
Navan, Co. Meath
Course Type: Parkland
Royal Tara Golf Club nestled at the foot of the Historic Hill of Tara in the Royal County of Meath is among Ireland's most enjoyable and conveniently located Golfing retreats. Reputably one of the finest inland members Golf complexes-renowned ...

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

Fingal Food Fayre - Rush - County Dublin
Fingal Food Fayre

Fingal Arts Centre

Rush, County Dublin

Last Sunday of every month, 12-5pm.

As well as a wide range of organic, fresh and international foods, ...

Tourist Attractions

Imaginosity - Dublins Children Museum - Sandyford Dublin 18 Ireland
Imaginosity - Dublins Children Museum
Dublin 18, Dublin City
Children learn best when they're having fun and with this ethos in mind Imaginosity champions the 'hands-on, minds-on' philosophy that encourages all visitors to get involved and have fun while learning and create positive and lasting memories. ...

Wedding Venues

Shelbourne Hotel Dublin - Wedding Venue - The Great Room
The Shelbourne Dublin
Dublin 2, Dublin City
The Irish Constitution was drafted here and the recent brief closure of this opulent 18th-century hotel overlooking St Stephen's Green (Europe's largest garden square) has served as a reminder to Dubliners that it is still central to life in the ...
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