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Charlestown Shopping Centre

Opened in 2007, Charlestown Shopping Centre is a medium-sized mall that is not as well known as some of Dublin's other shopping centres. Located just off the M50 in Finglas, a northside suburb of Dublin city, shopping at Charlestown tends to a little more relaxed than at bigger, busier malls such as Blanchardstown Shopping Centre and the Pavilions at Swords, which is why some shoppers prefer it. Charlestown is located very near to Junction 5 (signposted Finglas) off the M50. Parking is free for the first two hours; after that it costs €1.50 per hour.

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Stephen's Green Shopping Centre

Dublin's most iconic mall, Stephen's Green Shopping Centre is prominently located, where leisurely Stephen's Green meets fashionable . While it may not be the shopping mecca it was when it opened in the 1980s, SGSC's prominent glass dome and its Georgian style architecture are still an important feature of the city's streetscape. It is worth visiting just to experience the building airy, pleasant character and to soak up the atmosphere.

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Powerscourt Shopping Centre

Located near fashionable Grafton Street, Dublin's Powerscourt Centre is a beautiful Georgian mansion, converted into an upmarket shopping mall. The most beautiful of all Dublin's shopping centres, shopping and dining at Powerscourt is a unique experience and worth visiting if only to sample its atmosphere. Once the 18th century residence of the Earl of Powerscourt, the mall is now home to luxury boutique stores,  art galleries, hair salons, beauty rooms, antique shops and trendy cafes and restaurants. The mall is completely covered, even though at times it feels as though it is an outdoor venue, due to the exposed brickwork on the walls. At the top of the townhouse there is a little-known theatre, the Powerscourt Theatre, which holds occasional events such as Christmas dramas for children.

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Pavilions Shopping Centre - Swords

Located in Swords, a large suburb near Dublin Airport, the Pavilions Shopping Centre is one of the city's newest and largest malls. Featuring one of the biggest and best Penneys (Primarks) in the city, the Pavilions is popular with shoppers from all over north County Dublin, and is frequently busy. Shopping at the Pavilions is free for 2 hours; rising charges (starting from €1 euro for 2 - 3 hours) apply after that. The 41c bus goes regularly from Abbey Street city centre to the Pavilions. Another bus option is the private Swords Express service, which is faster since it goes through the Port Tunnel; it leaves from the Eden Quay.

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Ilac Centre

The Ilac Shopping Centre, one of Dublin's oldest shopping malls, is located in the centre of the city, close to O'Connell Street. One of the main entrances to the mall leads to the busy shopping district of Mary Street / Henry Street. The Ilac Centre was opened in 1981 and, although it feels a little dated compared to other malls, it remains popular and busy. Parking at the Ilac Centre is €2.80 per hour during peak hours, and  2.00 per hour during off-peak times (10am - 4pm weekdays, and weekends). The Ilac Centre also houses a public library.

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Liffey Valley Shopping Centre

Liffey Valley, located in Clondalkin, along the N4 route that leads from Dublin city centre towards Galway and the West of Ireland, is one of the largest shopping malls in Dublin.

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Henry Street

Henry Street runs from Spire of Dublin and the General Post Office on O'Connell Street on one end, to Liffey Street on the other. At Liffey Street it becomes Mary Street and continues on as a shopping street until it ends at Capel Street. When locals refer to Henry Street, they often mean both Henry Street and Mary Street, which form a single, continuous shopping area. It is considered by many to be Dublin's favourite shopping district.

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The Book of Kells

The most richly decorated medieval manuscript on the planet, The Book of Kells remains one of Ireland's most popular attractions. Housed at Trinity College in Dublin, people willingly stand in long queues  just to glimpse a portion of this masterpiece from the early medieval Celtic world. The Book of Kells is named for the town where it was discovered in Kells, a town in County Meath, northeast of Dublin. It was here that Saint Columba established a monastery sometime during the sixth century. Three hundred or so years later, a group of monks arrived from Iona in Scotland, seeking a safe place to reside after being routed by the Danes.They remained at the monastery at Kells, where they are said to have completed and illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels in Latin.

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Blanchardstown Shopping Centre

Blanchardstown, Dublin's second largest shopping centre, is located in a northwestern suburb of the city. The sprawling centre consists of a large covered indoor shopping mall, flanked by three outdoor retail parks. Unlike most other shopping centres, car parking is completely free. It is also the location of a public library, run by Fingal County Council.

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Dundrum Shopping Centre

This giant shopper's paradise, officially named the Dundrum "Town Centre", is a sparkling, airy and attractively-designed shopping mall. On one end, the mall leads to an outdoor centre, which has been well designed to blend in with the elegant buildings of the historic old centre of Dundrum. Irish shoppers flock to Dundrum not only for its approximately 150 stores, but also for brand names that are hard to find elsewhere in the country, such as Cath Kidston and Molton Brown.

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