Just to the north of Dublin Airport lies the ancient town of Swords, a town founded in 560AD around a well associated with St. Colmcille. The well was to give Swords its name, "Sord" being the Gaelic for "pure". It is said that as the old town of 'Sord' remained to the west of the Ward River a new town of 'Sord' grew to the east, the anglicized name for the whole area became "Swords" — the two 'Sord. The main attraction in the town, Swords Castle, was built from 1183 onwards to serve as an administrative centre (even then!) for the first Norman Archbishop of Dublin.
Nowadays Swords is the administrative capital of Fingal Dublin and is home to the headquarters of Fingal County Council. It is a bustling town which has rapidly grown in the past number of years boasting an abundance of industrial and retail parks, shops, restaurants and pubs with recent developments impacting on life in Swords including the Pavilion Shopping Centre and the new M1 motorway.