Saturday 24 August 2019

North street clears way for culture quarter

Significant progress made on Swords cultural quarter

Ken Phelan

Fingal County Council continues to drive forward with its flagship Swords Cultural Quarter project, with significant preparatory work taking place last week.

This work will ultimately form part of a new civic plaza set against the backdrop of Swords Castle.

Contractors carried out the demolition of four derelict buildings on North Street, which has created a new focal point at the junction of North Street, Main Street and Seatown Road, in a major step forward for the Swords Cultural Quarter project.

The multi-million euro project will see the development of a new library, public theatre and art exhibition space adjacent to Swords County Hall, as well a new cultural quarter and significant landscaping development in the park and town.

Fingal County Council will shortly appoint a project management team to oversee the delivery of projects within the development.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O'Brien said: 'I am delighted to see the latest phase of the project, which will bring significant benefits to the town being carried out.

'The work has caught the attention of the public, with passers-by stopping to video and photograph the work as it was carried out.

'I look forward to further progress with the appointment of the project management team.'

Chief Executive of Fingal County Council AnnMarie Farrelly said the Swords Cultural Quarter is 'an exciting and visionary project', calling Swords Castle 'one of the jewels in Fingal's crown.'

Speaking of developments on the Swords Cultural Quarter, Fianna Fáil councillor Darragh Butler said: 'The works continuing on Swords Castle are excellent, with the ramparts having been repaired within the Castle walls over recent months and plans continuing for the plaza, which will ultimately appear where these buildings have been demolished.

'It is great to see the continuing progress take place and it is great for our town.

'The current works allow us to progress the construction of the civic plaza and provide better views of the castle.'

Swords Castle is a National Monument under oversight from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The Castle was originally built around 1200 AD as the manorial residence of John Comyn, the first Anglo-Norman Archbishop of Dublin.

Swords Castle is open year-round with tours provided subject to demand by Fingal Tourism.

Tours can be arranged via email at or via telephone at 01 840 0891.

Fingal Independent