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

Burton Hall Garden - Border
Burton Hall
Dublin 18, Dublin City
An oasis in the midst of a commercial hub, the fine old walled garden of 1731 Burton Hall has a new incarnation as a teaching garden and is part of the training and rehabilitation programme for Cluain Mhuire. There are lots of enjoyable thing ...

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
The Cottage
A 200 year old cottage on a farm high in the Dublin Mountains, with dramatic views over the city and bay, beautifully restored to provide a relaxing alternative to big city bustle.

What's On

Harcourt Street Farmers Market - Dublin 2 - Thursdays
Harcourt Street Farmers Market - Thursdays 10am-4pm

Park Place, Station Buildings, Upper Hatch St, Dublin 2

Contact: Sean McArdle Tel: 087 611 5016 info@farmersmarket ...

Tourist Attractions

Chester Beatty Library - Dublin Castle Dublin 2 Ireland
Chester Beatty Library
Dublin 2, Dublin City
The Chester Beatty Library was formed in 1950 to house the collections of mining magnate Sir Chester Beatty. The role of the Chester Beatty Library is to protect, preserve and make available to the public in the form of exhibitions, popular publi ...

Wedding Venues

Barberstown Castle - County Kildare Wedding Venue
Barberstown Castle
Straffan, Co. Kildare
Barberstown Castle has been occupied continuously for over 400 years and, despite its many additions - including a new accommodation wing - it has retained a sense of history. There are Church of Ireland and Catholic churches close by in Straffan ...
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