30 June-Luas Green Line Dublin

The Dublin Light Rail System is known as the Luas. There are two main lines the Green Line and the Red Line. Both lines have been extended since they were first opened. It is reported that the lines carry over 37 million passengers annually. The Green Line initially linked Sandyford to Dublin city centre. The Red Line, which opened on September 26th 2004 linked Tallaght to Dublin city centre.

The Green Line of the Dublin Light Rail system opened in the year 2004 On This Day


William Dargan Bridge – Dundrum

29 June-World Cup

The World Cup is an international football competition held every four years. The competition was held for the first time in 1930. The 2018 World Cup is being held in Russia. Germany are the current champions, having won the competition in Brazil in 2014. However the German team has been eliminated from the current competition in the group phase.

Brazil are the leading winners having won the World Cup on five occasions. Germany and Italy have both won the competition on four occasions. The 1958 World Cup was held in Sweden. The competition began on June 8th and sixteen teams competed over a period of 22 days. Brazil won the competition for the first time, defeating Sweden in the final in Stockholm.

Brazil won the World Cup for the first time in the year 1958 On This day.

World Cup




27 June-ATM

An ATM (Automated Teller Machine) is an electronic device that allows bank customers to perform financial transactions. The transactions can take place at any time at millions of locations around the world. Customers can check account balance, withdraw cash, transfer funds and perform several other banking functions.

The development of the ATM began in the early 1960’s. Luther Simjian, an Armenian inventor who was living in the USA was granted a patent for what he called a Bankograph in 1960. The Bankograph was given a 6 month trial by Citibank but was discontinued due to lack of demand. In 1967 Barclays bank installed the first successful ATM at its branch in Enfield, London. Today there are almost 3.5 million ATM’s worldwide.

The first successful ATM (Automated Teller Machine) began operating at Barclays Bank, Enfield, London in the year 1967 On This Day.


26 June-Pied Piper of Hamelin

Hamelin is a town located in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is famous for the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, a tragedy which occurred in the town in the 13th century. The legend tells how the Pied Piper lured 130 children away when the citizens of Hamelin refused to pay him for having rid the town of a plague of rats.

An account of the legend dating from 1450 states: ‘In the year 1284 on the day of Saints John and Paul on 26th June, 130 children born in Hamelin were led away by a piper clothed in many colours to their Calvary near the Koppen, and lost’. Several authors including Goethe, the Brothers Grimm, and Robert Browning have written about the legend.

Today Hamelin has a population of around 56,000. The Pied Piper story is popular around the world. As a result the town attracts a large number of tourists annually. During the summer months a play about the tale of the Pied Piper is performed every Sunday in the town.

The Pied Piper, according to legend, lured 130 children away from the town of Hamelin in the year 1284 On This Day.

 ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’, 1881

James Elder Christie (Scottish, 1847-1914)