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John Philip Holland (1840-1914) was an Irish engineer who developed the first submarine to be formally commissioned by the U.S. Navy. He also designed vessels for the British, Dutch and Japanese governments.

He was born in Liscannor, Co. Clare and was a Christian Brother between 1858 and 1873.

A unique collection of John Philip Holland’s papers and other archive material has been donated to Cork Institute of Technology and is housed in the library of the National Maritime College of Ireland in Ringaskiddy. The Edward M Graf collection details how Christian Brother John Phillip made his first drawings of his submarine while a teacher at Cork’s North Monastery secondary school. It also details how he carried out the first submerged experiments with scale models and explosives in the school’s ornamental pond in 1858 and later in the Lee. The wooden models were built by the North Mon’s renowned science teacher, Br Burke.

The collection which was presented to the National Maritime College comprises over 5,000 photographs, sketches, plans and specifications. It also includes copies of letters from the American, British and Japanese governments outlining to Holland their requirements.

CIT is pleased to announce that the indexes to this collection can be viewed at the National Maritime College Library, Ringaskiddy, Co.Cork

It can also now be viewed online by clicking here.

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Cork PAL is gearing up for its annual training day, with a Seminar in the Centre for Nurse Education of the Mercy University Hospital.

The event will be held on September 2nd, 2013.

This will be the fourth such training day for the programme.

The working title for the Seminar is:

The Digital Landscape: The Library Perspective

There will be speakers from UCC (Dr. Cronan O Doibhlin and Dr. Orla Murphy) and WIT (Terry O’Brien) on subjects such as The Digital Landscape; eBooks – Their Impacts on Libraries; and Engaging Digital Opportunities.

Joe Murphly from the Mercy University Hospital will give a tour of the library, and there will be the usual Cork PAL updates and an open floor discussion.

Click here for full agenda.

For any queries about the Seminar, contact Valerie King, UCC ( or Tadhg Coakley, CIT (

The Cork PAL Training Workshop, 2012 was held at CIT’s NMCI (National Maritime College of Ireland) in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork

Date: Monday Sept. 3rd 2012

Focus: shared services.

Working Title:  “THE WIND IN OUR SAILS” Shared services – How technology can help us? From clutter to clouds!

Programme: click here to download

Summary: This, the 3rd annual Cork PAL training workshop, was great success with a large attendance, some very interesting presentations on cloud computing and federated searching, several updates on Pathways to Learning (Cork and Midlands) as well as very useful workshops on a range of relevant topics. Attendees also were given a very nice tour of the College and its facilities.

Click on the following pictures of the event below to see high resolution images:


Tim Horgan, CIT, speaking on Cloud Computing