Waltons Music to open at Retail Park 2

Waltons Music, one of Ireland's longest surviving retail businesses, is to open a large new store at the Blanchardstown Centre in west Dublin.

The outlet will have a floor area of 700sq m (7,534sq ft) over ground and mezzanine levels in Retail Park 2.

The Waltons music firm was founded by Martin Walton, a Dubliner born in 1901, who at the age of 15 took part in the Easter Rising in 1916. He taught music while imprisoned in Ballykinlar Internment Camp and opened the Dublin College of Music at North Frederick Street in 1924. A further store was launched in 1992 at South Great George's Street. The present managing director, Niall Walton, is the third generation of the family to run the business.

Jack Fagan

Jack Fagan

Jack Fagan is the former commercial-property editor of The Irish Times