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20 things you'll find in an Irish shopping centre

“Pleeeeeeeeease can I have 20p for the machine?”

SHOPPING CENTRES ARE centres of joy.

Whether you’re a child or an adult, there’s something for everyone.

Here are a few things that can usually be found in an Irish shopping centre:

1. Dodgy rides outside the supermarket

You’d beg your Mam for 20p, before admitting defeat and just sitting on the lifeless pony until you were made get off.


2. An unnecessary fountain

Throw in a penny for good luck, or fish out a few if nobody was looking.

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3. A dusty looking icecream counter

Slush puppies will be had, rain or shine.


4. Old people on benches

Just watching the world go by.

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5. Wheelie cars for kids

The holy grail of all toddlers.

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6. Too many department stores

An Irish shopping centre is always anchored by one or more of the following: Penneys, Dunnes (both food and homeware), Debenhams, or formerly, a Roches (never forget).

Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland!

7. Lads offering to bring your trolleys back for the money

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

8. Trees inside

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9. Radio station always broadcasting from inside or out

Facebook/Blanchardstown Centre

10. A dirty brown and cream colour scheme


11. A Carraig Donn

Never any craic when you’re a kid.

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12. …Previously a Dynasty

Ah, the days of ten bangles for a pound.

Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland!

13. Some ‘monument’ outside

Has zero meaning but fun to play on.



14. A car in the middle of the centre to be won

Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland

15. A ‘fashion show’ of a busy Saturday afternoon

Blocking the exact shop you want to go to.


16. …Or any bit of ‘hoo ha’


17. Photos of people shopping on the walls


Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

18. Charity workers packing your bags and shaking their buckets

Emotional blackmail.


19. A stall for paintballing or country getaways that you feel bad walking by

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20. 3 different pharmacies and a Boots


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