Xtra-vision is Ireland's largest chain of video rental stores (or video libraries), founded in 1979 by Richard Murphy. It was previously operated by US company Blockbuster. As of August 2009 it is operated by Irish investment group Birchhall Investments. They operate 163 stores across both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The company has a workforce of almost 1600 employees. The company offers DVD, Blu-ray Disc movies and games for both rent and sale along with music CDs and video games for various platforms. The company has offices in Dublin and Belfast.
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