Swords, which is bordered by the rivers Tolka and Delvin with the River Ward moving through it, is located 13 Km from Dublin City and with numerous historical structures is a reminder of it’s bloody past.
Swords which is currently the authoritative capital of Fingal persevered through a thousand years of mismanagement from the Anglo Normans, The Vikings and The British. Fingal which covers North County Dublin turned into an independent region around the eleventh century.
The Swords town was founded in 560 and is named after Sord, meaning pure in Irish Gaelic. The water from the St. Colmcille’s well is said to have incredible healing powers, and it stays to this day on consecrated grounds at Well Road, Swords.
It was 1994 that Swords turned into the County seat of new county Fingal. In June 2006, the R.N.L.I. Ireland officially opened its new all-Ireland headquarters at Airside Business Park, within greater Swords. It was officially opened by President Mary McAleese. In attendance at this Presidential ceremony was Admiral Sir Jock Slater, Royal Navy, a former British First Sea Lord then serving as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the R.N.L.I..
The only remaining feature of St. Columba’s Church which was also established by it’s founder, is the Round Tower which dates back to the sixth century and stands seventy five feet tall. On a good clear day, four of the surrounding counties of Dublin can be seen from the top of the tower. The local Church was built in 19th century.
The old school house at Well Road was the first junior school in the town. The Old School House is now a pub and a restaurant.