Swords, Dublin

Swords (Irish: Sord[N 1] [sˠoːɾˠd̪ˠ] or Sord Cholmcille) is the county town of Fingal and a large suburban town on the east coast of Ireland that is situated ten kilometres[10] north of Dublin city centre. The town was reputedly founded around 560 AD. Located on the Ward River, it features a restored medieval castle, a holy well from which it takes its name, a round tower and a Norman tower. Near Dublin Airport, the town's facilities include the Pavilions shopping centre, one of the largest in the Dublin region, a range of civic offices and industries, and several parks.

Swords
Sord / Sord Cholmcille
Suburban town
Main Street, Swords
Swords
Location in Dublin area
Coordinates: 53°27′35″N 6°13′05″W
CountryIreland
ProvinceLeinster
RegionDublin
CountyFingal
EU ConstituencyDublin
Dáil ConstituencyDublin Fingal
Local Electoral AreasSwords, Malahide
Founded560
County Town1994
Founded bySt Colmcille
Named for(possibly) St Colmcille's Well
County HallMain Street, Swords
Electoral Divisions[1]
List
  • Swords-Lissenhall
  • Swords-Glasmore
  • Swords-Forrest
  • Swords Village
  • Swords-Seatown
  • Swords-Manor
  • Holy well
  • Applewood
  • Brackenstown
  • Cloghran
  • Airport
Government
  TypeLocal authority (whole county, not just Swords)
  BodyFingal County Council
Area
  Urban11.35 km2 (4.38 sq mi)
  Metro15.99 km2 (6.17 sq mi)
 Source: CSO Sapmap Viewer
Highest elevation60 m (200 ft)
Lowest elevation0 m (0 ft)
Population
  Urban42,738
  Urban density3,765/km2 (9,750/sq mi)
  Swords CT
36,924
  Swords CT density3,615/km2 (9,360/sq mi)
  Kinsealy-Drinan CT
5,814
  Kinsealy-Drinan CT density5,101/km2 (13,210/sq mi)
 Source: Census 2011
Ethnic or cultural background
  White Irish30,946
  White Other7,089
  Asian or Asian Irish1,169
  Black or Black Irish1,142
  White Irish Traveller96
Time zoneUTC0 (WET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (WEST)
Postal Hub
DUBLIN K67
Postal Sorting Office
SWORDS
Dialing Code+353(0)1
GeocodeO184469
ISO 3166 codeIE-D
Vehicle registrationD
WebsiteSwords on fingal.ie

The name "Swords" is also applicable to a townland,[N 2] to the civil parish, within the historic County Dublin, and to the local electoral area.