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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).

Aran Island of Inis Oírr - Water had been tankered out the southernmost island by sea from Ros-a-Mhíl for the past three of those six months
Night-time water restrictions on the Aran island of Inis Oírr have finally been lifted after six months of rationed supplies. Irish Water said the restrictions from 11 pm to 7 am initiated last May have been eased as of this…
The Coastal Atlas of Ireland involves the work of over 140 contributors
The Coastal Atlas of Ireland is one of seven titles nominated for An Post’s Best Irish Published Book of the Year. The atlas published by Cork University Press involves the work of over 140 contributors ranging in expertise from archaeology…
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has said his department will cover “reasonable legal expenses” incurred by the families of the four Rescue 116 air crew who died off North Mayo in relation to a review of the draft final Air…
Two Irish environmental coalitions are calling on the Government to ensure the necessary Dáil Committee time is given to debating the new Maritime Area Planning Bill. The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) and the Environmental Pillar say that Ireland is “marching…
Regional authorities and tourism agencies should provide supports for marine tourism, the study says
A new study of the Wild Atlantic Way recommends development of “niche marine tourism” options along the coastal route. Visitors taking part in marine-related activities tend to spend more and stay longer than average, and so regional authorities and tourism…
The analysis by Dr Clíodhna Murphy, Dr David Doyle and Stephanie Thompson of Maynooth University’s law department drew on semi-structured interviews conducted with 24 male migrant workers in the Irish fishing industry.
“Extremely long” working hours, very low wages, and racist insults and verbal abuse were commonplace experiences of a group of migrant fishermen interviewed for a Maynooth University research study. Over two-thirds of those interviewed said they would work between 15…
Mayor of Galway Colette Connolly and Fr Donal Sweeney of the Claddagh Dominican church at the blessing of the gleoiteog Loveen in the Claddagh basin
The Galway gleoiteog named Loveen tacked across the Claddagh basin this weekend, some 96 years after it was built by the Reaney family of Spanish Arch. The gleoiteog has been restored, plank by plank, by the Galway Hooker Sailing Association…
The Oliver family, David, Daria, Ciaran, Sean and Martin who are instrumental in Galway's maritime environment and founding members of Galway Hooker Sailing Club, at the Loveen
Where else in the world would you hear yourself being addressed as Loveen but in Galway - and that's the name of a 96-year-old gleoiteog which is being blessed today (Oct 16) in the Claddagh Basin. The historic vessel which…
The first Coastal Atlas of Ireland is ambitious and multidisciplinary
What weighs almost five kilos and ranges in subjects from archaeology to zoology, with Atlantic tsunamis, Viking raids and the Irish coast’s role in cinema in between? The first Coastal Atlas of Ireland is ambitious and multidisciplinary. Between its 893…
Ros a Mhíl - A Strategic Hub for the Development and Support of the Offshore Wind Industry on the West Coast of Ireland says a new report
The south Connemara harbour of Ros an Mhíl could become a strategic hub for the floating offshore wind sector with potential for 900 jobs, according to a new report. The report, commissioned by Údarás na Gaeltachta and presented to Minister…
The edible crab Cancer pagurus
Brown crabs are “mesmerised” by electromagnetism from underwater power cables laid around Scotland for offshore wind farms, a newly published study has found. The edible crab Cancer pagurus displayed a clear attraction to the underwater cables, the study published in…
EU Commissioner for Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius
EU Commissioner for Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius has said he is taking a “cautious” approach to reviewing the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). In an interview with RTÉ Radio 1 Countrywide during his two-day visit to Ireland early last week, the commissioner…
An Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S-92 helicopter
A delay in using night vision goggles purchased by the State for Irish Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter crews has been criticised in the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (C&AG) annual report. Although over 4.3 million euro was paid by…
La Palma lava flows into the sea
A cascade of lava spilling into the Atlantic ocean from the Spanish island of La Palma has been photographed by the European Space Agency (ESA). The lava from the volcanic eruption extends the size of the coastline and covered about…
CFOAT cathaoirleach or chairman Dara Ó Maoildhia
An Aran islands energy co-operative has won an international award for its work on renewable fuels. The Aran energy co-op has secured the National Association of Municipalities of the Minor Islands (ANCIM) prize for having the “best energy system that…
International maritime lawyer Michael Kingston
Relatives of the 50 people who died in the Whiddy island Betelegeuse tanker explosion 42 years ago are seeking an apology from the Government for “appalling failures “ The call has been made in a new RTE Documentary on One…
The new Marine Protected Area in the North-East Atlantic is home to up to five million seabirds across 21 different species, including five – such as the Atlantic Puffin – that are globally threatened
Ireland has joined an international agreement to establish a marine protected area (MPA) in the North Atlantic Current and Evlanov sea basin. The area is located in the high seas, to the west of the Ospar maritime area in the…
Marcus Hutchinson of Howth and Kinsale has worked on five Americas Cup events
Ireland is in a far strong negotiating position over the America's Cup than it may realise, and should set clear conditions if it is going to host the event, according to international sail racing project manager Marcus Hutchinson. It is…
Pictured l-r: Mayor of Galway City, Colette Connolly with Dr Noírín Burke of Galway Atlantaquaria, Filmmaker Ken O'Sullivan and Professor Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director of CÚRAM, NUI Galway
Using sponge slime to fight cancer and copying barnacle glue for surgery are among projects highlighted at a new exhibition focusing on the contribution of the marine environment to medical research. The exhibition at Galway Atlantaquaria in Salthill, Galway, is…
A documentary on the crisis facing Irish coastal communities in the wake of Brexit is due to be released today. (View video below) Oireachtas members are invited to view the 26-minute film at a screening in Dublin when it will…
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