On Wednesday August 1st 1888 the Dublin and Blessington Steam Tram opened for business. Its first journey started from Terenure at 8:35 a.m., carrying mail from the G.P.O. and passengers towards Blessington. The tram stopped at a number of places along the way and reached Blessington at 10:20 a.m. The tram was an important development in transport in South Dublin. It served the important cattle and sheep fairs in Blessington and the De Selby Quarries at Jobstown. Many people also used the tram to holiday in the countryside around Blessington, particularly during the summer months.