24 September-Westlife

Westlife was a hugely successful Irish boyband which was active from 1998 until it disbanded in June 2012. The band consisted of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan and Brian McFadden. In 2000, Westlife made popular music history when they became the first band to have six consecutive singles go straight to the top of the UK charts.

Westlife was formed on July 3rd 1998. The band had its first hit with ‘Swear It Again’ in April 1999. In total the band had 14 number one singles in the United Kingdom. Westlife sold over 50 million records worldwide. It is the holder of four Guinness World Records, including the 21st century top-selling album group in the UK.

Westlife was an Irish boyband which made British pop history by becoming the first act to have six consecutive number one singles, in the year 2000 On This Day.




23 September-Nintendo

Nintendo is a video game and electronics company. It was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi in 1889 to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda. Today Nintendo is a multinational company which has its headquarters in Kyoto in the Kansai region of Japan.

Nintendo continued to produce playing cards until the 1970’s when it entered the video gaming industry. The company has produced some of the best-known video games in the world. These include Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon. Nintendo employs over 5,500 people.

Nintendo, a video game and electronics company, was founded in Kyoto, Japan in the year 1889 On This Day.

Nintendo Wii

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22 September-National Geographic

National Geographic is a monthly magazine which was first published in 1888. The magazine deals with categories such as Geography, Science, History, Nature and World Cultures. It is the official publication of the National Geographic Society.

The National Geographic Society was founded on January 13th 1888. It is a non-profit scientific and educational organization which has its headquarters in Washington DC, USA. The Society began publishing National Geographic nine months after its foundation. The magazine is published in almost 40 languages around the world. It has a circulation of over 6 million copies per month.

National Geographic, the official publication of the National Geographic Society, was published for the first time in the year 1888 On This Day.

National Geographic




20 September-Michael Cusack GAA Founder

Michael Cusack, who was one of the founders of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), was a native of Co Clare, Ireland. The GAA is an Irish amateur sporting and cultural organisation whose primary focus is the promotion of the games of hurling, camogie, Gaelic football, handball and rounders. Cusack was also a teacher and newspaper editor.

Michael Cusack was born in the village of Carran in Co Clare in 1847. He was educated locally and trained as a teacher in Dublin. He taught for a time at Kilkenny College and at Blackrock College before establishing his own academy. Known as ‘Cusack’s Academy’ it prepared students for civil service examinations. Cusack played rugby football and his academy had its own rugby team.

Cusack met nationalist and athlete Patrick Nally from Mayo in 1879. Their friendship led Cusack to call a meeting to establish the GAA. On September 1st 1884 Cusack together with Maurice Davin, Joseph K. Bracken, Thomas St George McCarthy, P.J. Ryan, John Wise-Power, and John McKay founded the GAA at a meeting in Hayes’ Commercial Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary. The association grew rapidly and today has over a million members worldwide. It is a major influence in sporting and cultural life in Ireland and among the Irish diaspora.

Michael Cusack, founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), was born in Co Clare, Ireland in the year 1847 On This Day.

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Michael Cusack

19 September-Martin Fay of The Chieftains

Martin Fay was a musician who was a native of Dublin. A fiddle player, he was one of the founders of the traditional Irish band, the Chieftains. The Chieftains helped popularise Irish music across the world. Their genres include Traditional Irish, Irish folk and Celtic.

Martin Joseph Fay was born in Cabra, Dublin in 1936. He trained as a classical musician and played the violin the orchestra of the Abbey Theatre. In 1963, with Paddy Moloney, Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy Martin Fay founded the Chieftains. He remained a member of the band until his retirement in 2002.

Martin Fay, musician and founding member of the Irish band, the Chieftains, was born in Dublin in the year 1936 On This Day.

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