Ireland’s earliest back-to-school promotion, free Kids’ Club and more…

School’s out, the summer heatwave is upon us, and Dublin’s ilac Centre has even more reasons to head downtown with the family this week.

These include the launch of the Centre’s ‘Early Bird School Shoppers’ promotion offering huge discounts and the pick of the school uniforms, bags, stationery and sports equipment from specialist stores like The Works, Flying Tiger, Argos, Dealz, Regatta, Bag City, Liverpool FC and more.

Smiggle has savings of over 30% on the hottest bundle of a school bag, pencil case, drinks bottle, lunchbox and novelty collectables from their newest Seek range, available in five colours at €60.00.

Back-to-school style is now in stock at TKMaxx, Dunnes Stores, Debenhams and River Island, so kids can be kitted out early in all their school clothing, footwear, accessories and PE kits, including handy weather-proof jackets, scuff resistant shoes and easy iron shirts that reduce the hassle for parents.

Meteor, Fone Fixer and Gadget Geek are popular stops for school technology and mobile phones, ensuring older students can keep in touch.

Free Kids Club

If cries of ‘I’m bored’ are already ringing out from the little ones, it’s time to register them for the exciting FREE Kids Club, starting on Thursday, July 11 next in the Ilac Centre.

The wonderful crew from Fame Ireland are back in the Ilac again every Thursday this summer, with fun ideas to keep the kids entertained.   Suitable for children up to 8 years of age, the Ilac Kids Club is completely FREE and parents are advised to pre-register their child at, as places fill up fast.


On Thursdays between 12 noon and 3pm, right up until Thursday 18 August, the Kids Club programme is packed with fun, art, games, music, face-painting and more.


11 July – PLASTA-SCENE Make a Mould Workshop

18 July – MARITIME ARTS & CRAFTS Workshop

25 July – JUNGLE PAINTING Paint your favourite jungle animal or scene, plus free facepainting!

1 August – DESIGN YOUR OWN FAIRY DOOR to take home with you.

8 August  PRINCESSES & PIRATES – Dress up for a fun themed day.  Prizes for best outfits!

15 August  GAMES WEEK – From skittles to mini-basketball; come along to win prizes!


Ginzeng Gourmet Experience

On the food front, the popular family-owned restaurant Ginzeng is now open in the Ilac Centre for exceptionally fresh Asian street food and authentic Thai and oriental cuisine.

As the restaurant owners say, they don’t do fast food in Ginzeng, they do fresh food, fast!

Ginzeng’s expert chefs cook fresh delicious dishes in minutes in their live theatre kitchen, and there is also the fresh buffet selection from the bain marie for meals in an instant.

With over a dozen restaurants, as well as handy cafés, the Ilac has an eatery to suit everyone.  A burger or pizza with the kids, coffee and cake with the girls, healthy bagels on the go, a gourmet sandwich or a full lunch or dinner are all on the menu!


The Original Shopping Experience

Dublin’s original and best family shopping destination, a trip to the Ilac in the heart of the city centre makes an enjoyable treat for all the family.

Free WiFi is available throughout the main concourse and in many of the eateries, as well as in the library, where adults and children can browse from 10.00am from Monday to Saturdays.

Right next to Henry Street, with access from Parnell Street and Moore Street too, the Ilac Centre offers shoppers 85 retail and food options, including fashion and lifestyle brands, leisure and beauty, as well as over 1,000 handy parking spaces.

Excellent baby changing and toilet facilities and spacious malls also create a stress-free shopping atmosphere for people with babies and young children.

Open from 9.00am to 6.30pm on Monday to Wednesday and Friday, there is late night opening until 9.00pm on Thursdays in The Ilac Centre, and Saturday closing is at 7.00pm.

A summer programme of on-street entertainment will take place in Henry Street for the summer months – even more reasons to come into town and Rediscover The Ilac!

Kids Club, great summer sales and back-to-school deals are all happening in all stores, right across July and August, and savvy shoppers can check out the bargains online at or on Facebook