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Swords Castle Now Open To The Public

Swords Castle Handover KeysPictured at the official opening of Swords Castle to the public on Wednesday last are, Gilbert Power (Director of Services, Fingal County Council), Paul Reid (Chief Executive, Fingal County Council), Ethna Felton (Director of Services, Fingal County Council), Elaine O’Sullivan (Fingal Tourism) and County Mayor, Cllr. David O’Connor

Swords Castle is now officially open to the public. At a ceremony held at the Castle on Wednesday last, County Mayor, Cllr David O’Connor cut the ribbon to officially open the Castle, in the presence of Fingal County Council Chief Executive, Paul Reid.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Mayor O’Connor said, “It is my pleasure to give the Castle back to the public by opening the gates and inviting in all who are fascinated by our past, and all who wish to visit this monument that we have carefully preserved and restored for their enjoyment”.
Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid said, “The opening of Swords Castle is huge for Swords not only in terms of a local amenity for the people of the town, but also the opportunity to develop the tourism potential that the site offers This is the start of a very ambitious plan for Swords, which will include a Cultural quarter and the enhancement of the Main Street. The opening of the Castle is a very important part of the overall plan for Swords,” he said.
A summer of busy activity is planned for Swords Castle when the 12th Century Castle will once again become the centre of Swords. The Swords Festival takes place there from 17th to 19th July and among its attractions will be the Swords Archaeofest on Saturday 18th July. Younger visitors will get the chance to be archaeologists for the day, make their own shields, watch how medieval pottery and bronze antiquities were made and get to handle artefacts with the staff of the National Museum.
In August, as part of Heritage Week, an exhibition entitled Swords Castle-My Castle will run from 22nd August. This exhibition will feature a photographic record of Swords Castle through the years showing how the Castle and the people and town of Swords are interlinked. In addition, Swords Castle Digging History, a public archaeological dig will take place from 22nd August to 11th September. The Castle is now open daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm