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Lorna Siggins

Lorna Siggins

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Lorna Siggins is a print and radio reporter, and a former Irish Times western correspondent. She is the author of Everest Callling (1994) on the first Irish Everest expedition; Mayday! Mayday! (2004) on Irish helicopter search and rescue; and Once Upon a Time in the West: the Corrib gas controversy (2010).

Offshore wind turbines used by Simply Blue Energy off the Cork coast
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has welcomed Irish offshore energy Simply Blue’s deal with multinational Shell to develop its floating wind farm in the Celtic Sea. Simply Blue Energy and Shell confirmed today that the multinational is acquiring a…
The shorttail nurse shark - so name due to its small size – grows to approximately 75 centimetres (30 inches) and is found in coral reefs
Marine scientists have found that a critically endangered shark in southern African has been identified in waters over 2,000 km away from its usual habitat. The scientists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) say that information and images dating…
Marine minister Charlie McConalogue
Marine minister Charlie McConalogue says he has expressed Ireland’s “serious concerns” at EU level about a “ disproportionate burden being borne” by it in relation to fish quotas lost under Brexit. Mr McConalogue said he conveyed this at an informal…
County Kerry’s Valentia Island is examining the feasibility of combining offshore wind with electrolyser technology to convert water to hydrogen
Using green hydrogen to supply island energy needs is the theme of several projects which Irish offshore communities and universities are involved in. A consortium of Irish islands led by Kerry’s Valentia Island Co-op and Rathlin, Co Antrim is examining…
Types of waves and how they can affect sea swimmers will be discussed in tonight's talk series
Sea swimming weather and wave safety is the theme of an online talk tonight - the first in a new series hosted by Swim Ireland and the RNLI. In response to the surge in interest in open water swimming during…
Fishing industry leader Hugo Boyle
Tributes have been paid to fishing industry leader Hugo Boyle, who died unexpectedly earlier this week. Mr Boyle, a father of four from Falcarragh, Co Donegal, was chief executive of the Irish South and East Fish Producers’ Organisation (IS&EFPO). “A…
Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) chief executive Sean O’Donoghue
EU coastal states “haven’t taken the same hit” as Ireland in losing access to British fishing grounds and “must burden share”, an industry leader said. The fishing industry is “not interested” in financial compensation, and wants to ensure it “gets…
Filmmaker and Aosdána member Bob Quinn
Galway Film Fleadh has confirmed it is extending its online film festival which includes the Atlantean series of documentaries by film-maker Bob Quinn. The documentaries explored Quinn’s theory that our maritime links were part of a common “Atlantean” culture extending…
The issue of Rockall in the North Atlantic is not mentioned in an Ireland-Scotland Bilateral Review
A newly published Ireland-Scotland bilateral review advocates economic co-operation in areas including the marine and renewable energy. However, the issue of Rockall is not mentioned, although access flared up as an issue in early January when a Donegal vessel was…
Diver Owen O'Connell examines the cultch post deployment in south Galway Bay
“Good news everyone”, the natives have returned...” It’s not your average title to a scientific paper, but this one has reason to celebrate - hailing the return of native oysters to Belfast Lough after a century. The paper by Bangor…
Howth Harbour in County Dublin is one of five additional Irish ports where fishing vessels on the British register can land from February 1st
Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue has come to the rescue of Donegal islanders with fishing boats registered in Northern Ireland who were blocked from landing into their nearest port by the Brexit deal. Northern Irish vessels and boats owned by…
See the Sea of Souls video below
A tribute to the Oliver fishermen of Galway’s Claddagh and all those who have lost lives at sea is reflected in a moving short film spearheaded by arts consultant Brendan Savage. Entitled Sea of Souls, the film captures images of…
Back to the Source: Saving Europe's Biodiversity Starts in the Ocean
A coalition of environmental groups says there are “key marine policy gaps” in the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy 2030. “Tangible and binding” actions must be taken to ensure the proposed biodiversity strategy ensures “the long-term health” of oceans, the group of…
Arthur Reynolds, the founding editor of The Skipper magazine
Why do Japanese fishing vessels steam halfway around the world to catch tuna on the Irish Continental Shelf edge, and why do Norwegian vessels hunt for highly valuable blue whiting in these waters? Arthur Reynolds, the founding editor of The…
Seven men died when their dredger, the Solway Harvester, was caught in a storm off the Scottish coast on January 11th, 2000.
Fishing communities on both sides of the Irish Sea have marked the 20th anniversary of the sinking of a scallop dredger with the loss of seven lives off the Isle of Man. The Celtic League non-governmental organisation has also marked…
Paddy Mulvany's Kristel Patrick which fishes for 40 per cent of the year in the Celtic Sea, primarily for prawns
Marine minister Charlie McConalogue’s department has been criticised for its “chaotic” handling of a permit system for Irish fishing vessels to British waters after Brexit.  Only a fraction of the entire Irish fleet has been given permits to continued access…
Kildare born adventurer Ernest Shackleton
Pandemic restrictions have forced us all to live like trapped adventurers “on a metaphorical ice floe”, according to the Shackleton Museum in Athy, Co Kildare And so “What would Shackleton do?” was the title of five podcasts which it released…
Up to 30 per cent of whitefish, including haddock, caught by Killybegs and Greencastle vessels is taken around Rockall.
Sinn Féin has criticised the Government’s handling of a seven-year-old agreement with Britain on Rockall after an Irish fishing vessel was inspected by a Scottish patrol earlier this week. Sinn Féin fisheries and marine spokesman Pádraig MacLochlainn was reacting to…
The Thun Liffey
A newly built 150m oil tanker which ran aground close to the mouth of Lough Foyle earlier this morning has been refloated. As Afloat reported earlier, the 11,826 tonne Thun Liffey was leaving Lisahally terminal in Derry for Milford Haven…
The 11,826 tonne Thun Liffey
Efforts are underway to refloat a newly built 150m oil tanker which ran aground close to the mouth of Lough Foyle earlier this morning.  The 11,826 tonne Thun Liffey was leaving Lisahally terminal in Derry for Milford Haven when the…
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