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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).

Lusitania launch - (Left to right) Ian Lawler, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Fionnbarr Moore, National Monuments Service, Connie Kelleher, National Monuments Service, Ms Josepha Madigan, T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Charise McKeon, National Monuments Service and Karl Brady, National Monuments Service. Ms Josepha Madigan, T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DCHG) announced the publication of a new book on the RMS Lusitania - RMS Lusitania: The Story of a Wreck
High resolution scans of the wreck of the RMS Lusitania and expert opinion from divers, researchers and specialists feature in a new book on the ocean liner published this week writes Lorna Siggins  National Monuments Service underwater archaeologists Fionnbarr Moore,…
Fishing activities may be omitted from the long-awaited Marine Planning and Development Management Bill
A Government plan to streamline marine planning and consent has been stymied by refusal of one key department to become involved writes Lorna Siggins A new “one stop permit shop” for offshore wind farms, ocean energy and other marine activities…
The Irish Coastguard suspended sea rescue at 23 of its 44 stations on Friday after what it described as the “recent malfunctioning of Rescue 400 lifejackets"
The Irish Coast Guard was warned over three years ago of difficulties with full inflation of lifejackets used by its inshore search, rescue and recovery craft, as Lorna Siggins reports in The Sunday Times reports today here. The Irish Coast…
Detail from the diary. A full transcript of the extracts is downloadable below
“We are celebrating here afloat on the Antarctic floe not knowing what way we will drift next or be frozen in for another winter... Breakfast a seal steak and cup of tea...dinner a pancake made of flour water fried in…
The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ William Butler Yeats (above) detained the fishing vessel about 59 nautical miles north-west of Valentia Island
A Spanish registered fishing vessel has been escorted into Galway by the Naval Service after it was detained off the Kerry coast writes Lorna Siggins. The vessel was inspected by the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ William Butler Yeats and…
A feeding basking shark showing the characteristic white gape
An endangered basking shark showed up off North America three years after it was tagged in Ireland, according to new research published by Irish and Canadian scientists. A female basking shark which was fitted with a satellite transmitter at Malin…
Cumar – a Galway Rhapsody explores the influences of Connemara’s Atlantic landscape and Galway on seven artists, including novelist Mike McCormack (left) and comedian Tommy Tiernan
Galway’s “edge of the world” situation between river, lake and sea has inspired a documentary which secured a top award earlier this week at the Irish Film Festival London writes Lorna Siggins The documentary entitled Cumar – a Galway Rhapsody…
The Marine Spatial Plan will try to balance the different demands for using the sea including the need to protect the marine environment
"Strategic marine activity zones" may be designated in coastal and offshore waters as part of the Government's new approach to marine planning. Offshore wind projects will receive "preference" in marine areas zoned for this, a new draft framework published this…
Emergency Services including the Irish Coastguard were praised by the Galway West Coroner
A Galway coroner has paid tribute to a French-Canadian who tried to save the life of a Swiss woman when the caravan she was staying in at a Connemara campsite was swept into the sea during Storm Ali writes Lorna Siggins…
Emily O'Reilly
European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has recommended that the EU fisheries council should “proactively” release documents on annual fishing quota negotiations into the public domain writes Lorna Siggins Ms O’Reilly has ruled that the documents should be made public at the same…
Microbeads - new Irish legislation restricting the use of plastic microbeads to protect marine wildlife is on the cards
The EU has permitted the Irish government to introduce legislation restricting use of plastic microbeads to protect marine wildlife and the environment writes Lorna Siggins. Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy confirmed the European Commission’s clearance last…
Giant “fire sculptures” for Conamara Sea Week’s programme will be on show tonight in Letterfrack in County Galway
Giant “fire sculptures”, a community dinner, jazz lunch and a walk to Omey island are among activities planned for Conamara Sea Week’s programme based in and around the Quaker village of Letterfrack. Ecologist Gordon D’Arcy is participating in a schools…
(from left) Michael, Jim and James Gallagher at home in Burtonport, Co Donegal with a photo of half-decker Irine which helped to rescue 15 people, mainly young children, off Roaninish in August 1956
The relatives of a Fermanagh woman who was one of 18 people rescued by two Donegal fishermen have expressed delight that the men are to receive national bravery awards – all of 63 years after the event writes Lorna Siggins James…
The smashed in the bow of the 37m  (121 ft) French vessel, Kirrixki after it collided with a 229m  (751ft) cargo ship
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board has confirmed that it is liaising with several flag states over a collision off the Kerry coast last weekend writes Lorna Siggins One fisherman was injured in the massive impact, which smashed in the bow…
(from left) Michael, Jim and James Gallagher at home in Burtonport, Co Donegal with a photo of half-decker Irine which helped to rescue 15 people, mainly young children, off Roaninish in August 1956
Two Donegal brothers are to receive national bravery awards next week for their rescue of 18 people from two vessels which got into difficulty off Portnoo - all of 63 years ago writes Lorna Siggins. Retired fishermen James and Michael…
April English, widow of the renowned professional yachtsman Joe English, who sailed on board Moonduster in the tragic 1979 Fastnet Race, at a wreath-laying ceremony near Howth commemorating the 40th anniversary of the tragedy
When an “explosion of a storm” tore its way through the Fastnet yacht race off the Irish coast 40 years ago, there were those among the survivors who could not speak about the experience for years writes Lorna Siggins However, over…
 A four horned crab in red seaweed dress discovered at Geeha on Galway bay
Coastwatch is appealing for volunteers over the Spring tide period to participate in its annual coastal survey which has been extended to October 21st writes Lorna Siggins Recent stormy weather and heavy rain have curtailed this year’s effort, and Coastwatch coordinator…
At the 2014 Ocean Wealth conference were (from left) Simon Coveney, TD then Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine with Dr Peter Heffernan, CEO, Marine Institute, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, Miguel Margues of sponsor PricewaterhouseCooper and John Killeen, Chairman, Marine Institute
Tánaiste Simon Coveney has paid tribute to outgoing Marine Institute chief executive Dr Peter Heffernan for the “phenomenal impact” he has had on Irish and international scientific research writes Lorna Siggins. Dr Heffernan has been a “trailblazer, demanding political attention”,…
Brown Trout
If there is one species to survive climate breakdown or transfer to a new planet, it is very likely to be the wild brown trout. Humans may think they have “superpowers”, but the trout (Salmo Trutta) beats us all, according…
The Celtic Sea herring fishery lost its MSC sustainability certification early in 2018.
A State sea fisheries officer made a protected disclosure over its levels of regulation to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and members of an Oireachtas committee last year. The whistleblower, an officer with the Sea Fisheries Protection…
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