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

National Botanic Gardens - Dublin Ireland
National Botanic Gardens
Dublin 9, Dublin City
These extensive gardens on the north of Dublin city contain an important plant collection which includes approximately 20,000 species and cultivars. Features worth travelling for include include some stunning herbaceous displays, rose garden, roc ...

Golf

South County Golf Club - Brittas County Dublin Ireland
South County Golf Club
Saggart, Co. Dublin
Course Type: Parkland
The South County Golf Club is a Dr. Nick Bielenberg designed championship parkland golf course set amongst the foot hills of the Dublin Mountains. It is a par 72 parkland course measuring 7,014 yards from the tips. Use of the landscape is a ke ...

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

Portmarnock Market - Co Dublin - Sundays
Portmarnock Market - Sunday 10am-5pm

Portmarnock Golf and Country club, Portmarnock, Co Dublin

Tourist Attractions

Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship Famine Museum - New Ross County Wexford Ireland
Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship Famine Museum
New Ross, Co. Wexford
Docked at Custom House Quay in Dublin's city centre, a step aboard the Jeanie Johnston is a step towards understanding the daunting experience of the millions of people who crossed the Atlantic seeking survival and hope in the 'New World' of Nort ...

Wedding Venues

Wedding
Red Bank House & Restaurant
Skerries, Co. Dublin
Located just 25 mins on the new M1 from the airport (compared to almost 45- 1 hr from southside Dublin) Terry McCoy’s renowned restaurant in the characterful fishing port of Skerries is in a converted banking premises, which adds to the atm ...
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