The Square Tallaght
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|Location||Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland|
|Address||The Square Towncentre|
|Opening date||23 October 1990|
|No. of stores and services||163|
|No. of floors||3 (main levels)|
The Square Tallaght is the name of a shopping centre located in Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland. The Square Tallaght was completed in 1990. It is located just off junction 11 of the M50 motorway on the Belgard Road (the R113) and the N81.
The centre comprises 53,000 m2 of retail space which is spread across three levels and currently has up to 163 stores. It has an annual footfall of 21.7 million.
There are over 2300 onsite car parking spaces. The taxi rank is the second busiest in Ireland after of Dublin Airport. The anchor tenants are Dunnes, Debenhams and Tesco. When The Square opened it was the largest shopping centre located in the Ireland.
The centre was opened on 23 October 1990 in the presence of 45,000 people by then Taoiseach Charles Haughey, having been built at a cost of £85 million. Others who were in attendance was Gay Byrne, who hosted his 2FM radio show from the Crows Nest in the shopping centre, as well as Mary Harney, Pat Rabbitte, the then Director-General of RTÉ Vincent Finn and the Fine Gael leader at the time Alan Dukes.
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.
The opening of the centre would be the beginning of many new developments in the area over the coming years. Institute of Technology, Tallaght, the National Basketball Arena (The Arena), the Civic Theatre and Tallaght University Hospital all opened within a few years of the shopping centre opening its doors, signifying its importance to the area.
The centre celebrated its 25th anniversary on 23 October 2015. The centre was recently[when?] granted permission by An Bord Pleanála for a major redevelopment to the centre. The proposed project will add about 200,000 square feet of retail space to The Square Shopping Centre.
The Square is not only a commercial but also a civic centre, the Office of the Revenue Commissioners have an office there as does the Department of Social Protection, the Health Service Executive (HSE) the 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 Town centre, which hosts theatre, music, dance, opera and comedy. The Tallaght University Hospital is also located nearby.