The Square Shopping Centre
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The Square Shopping Centre is a shopping centre in Tallaght in South Dublin. It is located at the junction of the Belgard Road dual carriageway (the R113) and the N81 and is beside the Luas Red Line terminus (see thumbnail).
It was the first of four large shopping complexes built in the towns surrounding Dublin from the late 1980s onwards and was for a while the largest shopping centre in Ireland. The others are Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre and Dundrum Town Centre.
Anchor tenants at the centre are Tesco Ireland, Debenhams, H&M, River Island and Dunnes Stores. Other popular stores that are open at The Square include Argos, Dealz, Boots, Easons, Clarks, Footlocker, Jack Jones, PC world, Heatons, JD Sports and A-Wear. For a full list of stores click here. From November 1990 until 8 March 2010, a multiplex cinema operated by United Cinemas International was in operation on level three, but this was closed because Alburn, the landlords of The Square, did not renew the contract for the cinema and it was also stated that they had no plans to re-new the contract for the cinema. In 2012, the IMC Tallaght opened in the former spot of the UCI cinema.
The Square launched a new student card initiative in September 2013. Current students can register for a Student VIP Card which can get them up to 25% off in many stores throughout the centre.
Unlike the other centres, the Square is not only a commercial but a civic centre, in that the Office of the Revenue Commissioners have an office there and the Department of Social Protection, the Health Service Executive (Eastern Region) and FÁS share a building on the car park of level one. In addition, both the headquarters of South Dublin County Council and the Tallaght branch of South Dublin Libraries are adjacent to the site. A Civic Theatre is located close to The Square Towncentre, which hosts theatre, music, dance, opera and comedy. The Adelaide and Meath Hospital is also located nearby.