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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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The Contemporary Music Centre and the Association of Irish Choirs are seeking information about studies (theses/articles/papers) concerning Choral Music written by composers born or based in Ireland in the last 100 years.

We aim to develop a comprehensive collection of work done in this area, and we are particularly hoping to find out about theses that may not as yet be registered on the SMI Theses Register or housed in the CMC Library.

Please contact Caitríona Honohan, CMC Library Co-ordinator at with any information.

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 (

Midlands PAL was officially launched on Friday 7th June at 2pm in the Aidan Heavey Public Library, Athlone by Mr. Phil Hogan TD, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Midlands PAL is the latest PAL scheme to be set up, in addition to Cork PAL and Music PAL. Midlands PAL aims to create a seamless route to information resources for the public by opening up access to a wide range of midland libraries: public, academic and HSE. These libraries have all been made easily accessible through the scheme. The current participants in Midlands PAL are Athlone Institute of Technology; HSE Midlands Libraries; Laois County Libraries; Longford County Libraries; Offaly County Libraries; Roscommon County Libraries; and Westmeath County Libraries.

Welcome Midlands PAL!

An afternoon and evening of celebrations for the composer of the once-popular opera Maritana – William Vincent Wallace, born in Waterford in 1812 – takes place at the National Concert Hall on Monday 15 October.

It is now scarcely remembered that Wallace was also a virtuoso on both the violin and piano or that he was a great adventurer, travelling the world and visiting places that no other Irish musician had set foot in. The day-long celebration presents a rare opportunity to discover more about this extraordinary Irish musical figure, so come along to the lunchtime recital and afternoon lectures to hear the experts on Wallace and experience his music, some of which has never been performed in Ireland before.

The evening Gala concert launches the new facsimile edition plus CD of the sumptuously-embellished music album published in New York in 1854, now in the collection at the National Library of Ireland.

Full details here

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