Organisers are busy putting the finishing touches to this year’s Swords Summer Festival which starts next Thursday, July 18 and runs until Sunday, July 21.

The celebrations will feature a wonderful array of musical and comedy acts over the course of the weekend set against the magnificent backdrop of Swords Castle.

Highlights include Forever Young on Friday 19 – a must for music fans showcasing the songs and stories of Rod Stewart.

The event is in aid of Swords & District Lions Club and tickets can be had from the Fingal tourism office at Swords Castle.

Hothouse Flowers return on Saturday, July 20 with special guests Jerry Fish and Eoin Glackin. They were one of the highlights of last year’s event and by Tuesday of this week tickets were almost sold out.

Tickets are also selling fast for the Lightning Comedy event on Thursday in aid of Aware, which is hosted by local playwright and actor David Gilna, with tickets from www.eventbrite.ie.

There will also be family fun and entertainment in Swords Town Park beside the castle, running from 12-6pm on Saturday and Sunday with craft stalls, bouncy castles, brass bands, Viking re-enactments and more.

Fingal County Council’s interim chief executive AnnMarie Farrelly said: “We are delighted to see the return of Swords Summer Festival.

“It’s a great opportunity for Fingal residents and visitors alike to see what Swords has to offer with a selection of events in the stunning venue of Swords Castle.”

The Mayor of Fingal, Eoghan O’Brien, was also delighted to see the return of Swords Summer Festival this year.

He said: “We are excited to announce the events to be held in Swords Castle at this year’s eagerly anticipated Swords Summer Festival. Featuring comedy and musical acts, it is bound to be an enjoyable weekend in Fingal.”

A busy weekend in Swords is anticipated with people from all over Fingal coming to enjoy the festivities. Gardai will be on traffic duty and public transport is recommended where possible.

Make sure to book you book tickets for your favourite events to avoid any disappointment.