Submarine inventor honoured at ceremony

Adjutant John Shanahan laying a wreath at the John Philip Holland Memorial ceremony at Scholar’s Townhouse Hotel.

Drogheda Independent

THE John Philip Holland Memorial (Drogheda's newest memorial) in the grounds of Scholar's Townhouse Hotel played host to a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate 100 years of his passing on August 12, 1914.

In recognition for inventing the first workable submarine and his contribution to the maritime industry worldwide, wreaths were laid on behalf of the Government by Minister Gerald Nash T.D.; on behalf of the people of Drogheda by Mayor Kevin Callan and on behalf of the U.S. Navy by Adjutant John Shanahan.

Representatives of the Royal Navy Senior Service also attended the dignified ceremony, where bugler Stephen Murray of the Drogheda Brass Band played the last post.

The unveiling of the memorial on June 14 led the way for this momentous centenary, with the Central Bank confirming that it will issue 10,000 commemorative €15 coins on September 1 celebrating his engineering genius.