Menu
Allianz and Afloat - Supporting Irish Boating

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

Lorna Siggins

Lorna Siggins

Email The Author

Lorna Siggins is a print and radio reporter, and a former Irish Times western correspondent. She is the author of Search and Rescue: True stories of Irish Air-Sea Rescues and the Loss of R116 (2022); Everest Callling (1994) on the first Irish Everest expedition; Mayday! Mayday! (2004); and Once Upon a Time in the West: the Corrib gas controversy (2010). She is also co-producer with Sarah Blake of the Doc on One "Miracle in Galway Bay" which recently won a Celtic Media Award

A photograph taken by Vessel Crew on 11/08/2021 Post Incident
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has said all ship crew and vessel operators need to be reminded of the potential dangers of working at height following its inquiry into a fall from an Irish cargo ship. A 29-year-old Polish…
The monitoring by Ireland’s Marine Institute has found that mercury levels of fish and shellfish landed at Irish ports are low and “well within the EU human-consumption tolerance level
Levels of mercury in fish landed in Ireland are very low and fish is safe for consumption by the general population, latest available data finds. This will be “comforting for the Irish seafood industry and consumers alike”, Prof Ronan Gormley…
Galway Bay- new bye-laws proposed by Galway County Council have been widely criticised by watersports enthusiasts
Water Safety Ireland and Fáilte Ireland were not consulted in advance of controversial draft bye-laws banning all watersports except for swimming off 24 Connemara beaches. The new bye-laws proposed by Galway County Council have been widely criticised by watersports enthusiasts,…
Its annual report for 2021 records how it monitored over 47,000 landings of commercially caught sea fish valued at over €435 million
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) says there was a "low level of non-compliance" by the Irish fishing industry last year.  Its annual report for 2021 records how it monitored over 47,000 landings of commercially caught sea fish, valued at over…
Rescue and recovery of the limestone slab containing the fossil sea urchins at Hook Head, Wexford.
A group of sea urchins which died together on the seafloor almost 350 million years ago have been found in fossilised form at Hook Head, Co Wexford, by a team of scientists. "Experts from University of Galway’s school of natural…
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys in Castlecomer Discovery Park, Co Kilkenny, where she marked the official opening of Ardra loop walk and Arboretum walk as part of a 14 million euro government to develop adventure tourism, including wild swimming and kayaking, as part of its national outdoor recreation strategy
The Government is investing 14 million euro to develop adventure tourism, including wild swimming and kayaking, as part of its national outdoor recreation strategy. The five-year strategy was published by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys in Castlecomer…
The proposed location of the Valentia Island Offshore Renewable Energy Array has been selected to have minimal impact on all key environmental, heritage, tourism, fishing and shipping contexts in the seas surrounding Valentia. The proposed site is more than 22 km off the West coast of Valentia in deep waters
A community-led renewable energy project on Kerry’s Valentia island which is seeking to build a floating offshore wind farm has applied for permission to conduct site investigations. The Valentia Island Energy Ltd Project states in its application that it recognises…
Norway was pushing the EU to increase a transfer of Blue Whiting quota by a staggering 158% to 80,000 tonnes, in addition to access
The European Commission has said it hopes to represent “the best interests” of EU member states in talks with Norway on blue whiting. A Commission official was responding to fears voiced earlier this month by Irish fishing organisations that Norway…
The ESB and the Shannon Airport Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore the development of a “hydrogen lighthouse” project in the environment surrounding the airport’s site, on the Shannon Estuary. The project aims to explore the…
Offshore wind farms will be affected by a new EU council regulation to ensure "windfall gains" from the energy sector. The Government says it has decided to place a cap on all market revenues of non-gas electricity generators, whereby excess…
Galway Paramedic Patrick Dunne, a keen kitesurfer and sailor, has set up a petition opposing controversial Beach Bye-Laws in Galway
Paramedic Patrick Dunne is a keen kitesurfer, windsurfer, sailor, swimmer and general watersports enthusiast who has volunteered with the RNLI. He has initiated a petition opposing Galway County Council’s new draft bye-laws which propose to ban watersports apart from swimming…
Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority & European Fisheries Control Agency joint deployment plan, Cork, Ireland. Pictured (L to R) are Cristina Morgado (Deputy Head of Unit EU Waters and North Atlantic, EFCA), Paschal Hayes, (Executive Chairperson, SFPA), Susan Steele (Executive Director, EFCA), Michael Finn (Authority Member, SFPA) aboard the Lundy Sentinel in Cork Harbour at an event to mark World Fisheries Day and a joint deployment in Irish waters between the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) and European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) to promote compliance with national and EU sea-fisheries legislation.  Susan Steele is pictured presenting an EFCA Medal to Paschal and Michael to commemorate the ongoing collaboration between the two agencies
The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) has chartered an aircraft for the first time as part of surveillance of Irish waters. A European Maritime Safety Agency drone is also being used as part of air-sea fisheries control and inspection. Representatives…
Carien Droppers  - The Dutch shipping expert warns Ireland should take into account navigational hazards posed by offshore wind farms in marine planning
Dutch shipping expert Carien Droppers has warned that Ireland should take into account navigational hazards posed by offshore wind farms in marine planning. Droppers, who spoke at last week’s “Navigating to 2050” conference hosted by Irish Lights in Dublin Castle,…
Kevin Barr with on left Geraldine Mullen (the lady who he saved from Lough Foyle) and on right Ceann Comhairle Sean O'Fearghail T.D., who received a Gold medal at the Oireachtas National Bravery awards
Several marine and river rescues merited national bravery awards presented at Farmleigh House in Dublin on Friday. Greencastle Coast Guard unit member Kevin Barr was presented with a gold medal for rescuing Geraldine Mullan from Lough Foyle, Co Donegal, on…
The village of Carlingford on the Cooley peninsula is dominated by Slieve Foye and its slightly smaller sister Carlingford Mountain which is seen from the harbour
Tendering for the Narrow Water Bridge linking the Mourne Mountains and the Cooley peninsula is due to be initiated by the Government. Planning permission is already in place for a 280m cable-stayed bridge, anchored by two towers at either end,…
Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action's Report on Biodiversity was published this month
An Oireachtas committee has said that greater consultation with the fishing industry must be “facilitated” to provide better planning around marine protected areas (MPAs) and offshore wind farms. In a report on biodiversity loss, the Joint Committee on Environment and…
Ireland’s submission to Brussels says there is a “compelling case” for a deeper review of the CFP
Ireland has said that the European Commission will be “at odds with best practice” if it fails to make legislative changes to its Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Ireland’s submission to Brussels says there is a “compelling case” for a deeper…
Ireland is at the nexus of new trans-Atlantic connections - A map showing the new cable route between Iceland and Ireland
Ireland is pursuing a “gateway to Europe” strategy for subsea telecoms cables, Minister for Communications Eamon Ryan pledged as he marked installation of one such link on the west coast. Speaking at the landing ceremony for “IRIS”, a subsea telecoms…
The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) has said there is no flexibility with the Brexit Compensation - suggesting that money will have to be refunded if it is not spent.
EU funds to compensate for the impact of Brexit on the fishing industry and other sectors must be spent by the end of December 2023. The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) has said there is no flexibility with…
The first offshore wind auction is expected to provide a route to market for up to 2.5GW of offshore renewable energy to the Irish grid, which is “enough to power 2.5 million Irish homes with clean electricity”, according to Minister Eamon Ryan
Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan has described Government approval of terms and conditions for the first offshore wind auction as “another massive step forward” towards Ireland’s future as an “international green energy hub”. ORESS 1, the first auction for offshore…
Page 1 of 37

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

leinster sidebutton

Featured Associations

ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Webcams

Featured Events 2022

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
https://afloat.ie/resources/marine-industry-news/viking-marine

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton
quantum sidebutton
watson sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
wavelengths sidebutton
 

Please show your support for Afloat by donating