First wedding in Swords Castle chapel to be held next year

by Sylvia Pownall
Swords Castle Chapel

The Archbishop’s Chapel at Swords Castle will host its first civil wedding ceremony next year – with the bride set to fly home from Australia for her nuptials.

The venue is now listed on weddingsonline.ie and Fingal County Council has had more than a dozen inquiries from couples interested in tying the knot there.

Cllr Darragh Butler (FF), a long-time supporter of the project, was delighted to learn that the room was available with three weddings already booked for next year.

A council spokesperson told Dublin Gazette: “Each couple must register their marriage at least three months in advance with the HSE. There has not yet been a civil ceremony carried out in Swords Castle.

“However, there are three confirmed dates booked for next year. We have had in excess of 15 enquiries about holding a civil ceremony in Swords Castle.”

The chapel, which dates back to 1200AD and was built by Archbishop of Dublin John Comyn, is now listed as a venue on weddingsonline.ie with a capacity of 70 guests.

The website gushes: “The beautifully restored Chapel Room with its oak beamed roof and stained-glass windows inspired by the Chartres Cathedral in France is the perfect setting for your civil ceremony.”

Since 1995 the chapel has undergone extensive reconstruction including a new oak beamed roof, new tiles matching those found during the 1971 excavations, stained-glass windows depicting the four Evangelists and a large ‘Jesse tree’ window.

Visitors to the historic site will soon be able to walk the castle’s outer walls thanks to the next exciting phase of conservation works due for completion next March.

The perimeter ramparts will be replaced with a bespoke modern walkway and the east tower will be “consolidated” along with further repairs to the chapel roof. Co Architect Fionnuala May said: “This will allow public access to part of the castle walls facilitating views of the castle itself, and of Swords.”

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