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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).

The world’s biggest and oldest sailing event is ranked third only to the Olympics and a Football World Cup in sporting value for a host country
Round the world sailor Damian Foxall has expressed support for Ireland’s attempt to host the prestigious America’s Cup yacht race in Cork harbour. The Kerry-born professional sailor who has competed in six Volvo ocean races and won one, says any…
America's Cup Race Day 7 in March between Emirates Team New Zealand and the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team with Auckland's Sky Tower in the background. Minister Simon Coveney has said that a successful bid to host the America’s Cup yacht race would establish Ireland as a “leader of the blue economy within the EU
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has confirmed that a team has been working on Ireland’s bid for the America’s Cup since January of this year. The world’s biggest and oldest sailing event is ranked third only to the Olympics…
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien
Two Government ministers have called on people to give their views on the expansion of Ireland’s marine protected areas (MPAs) before the deadline at the end of this week. Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien and Minister…
Dublin Port harbourmaster Capt Michael McKenna
“Get your bearings — always think water safety”. That’s what Dublin Port harbourmaster Capt Michael McKenna is urging sailors, anglers, kayakers, windsurfers, kitesurfers, paddleboarders, swimmers and jetski users to remember on the lower reaches of the Liffey and out into Dublin…
The Galway Bay swim is much more than a fundraiser; it's the swimming highlight for so many across Ireland
One of Ireland’s longest one-day sea swimming events will extend over a month this year, as the annual Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim goes “virtual” again. The event in aid of Cancer Care West, which is now in its…
Clean Coasts is hosting a workshop this Thursday, July 22nd to address any issues arising from the public consultation
 With just ten days to go in the public consultation on marine protected areas, An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme is reminding people to “have their say”. Ireland currently protects just over two per cent of territorial waters, and the Government…
A new NASA Earth System Observatory aims to help mitigate climate change
Space agencies in Europe and the US have signed a partnership to monitor rising sea levels and temperatures, melting ice, thawing permafrost and other impacts of climate breakdown. NASA in the US and the European Space Agency (ESA) formalised the…
Basking Shark -  scientists believe section 23 of the Wildlife Act should be amended to protect the endangered species
A flotilla is steaming up the river Liffey today in the next stage of a marine wildlife campaign to secure legal protection for basking sharks in these waters. Over 7,000 people have already voiced support for the Save Our Sharks…
Restored Galway hooker Réalt na Gaillimhe or Star of Galway has joined the local fleet
A Galway hooker restored with the support of a city publican has joined the local traditional fleet on Galway bay. Réalt na Gaillimhe or Star of Galway was built in Indreabhán, south Connemara, by the Cloherty boat builders in 1910.…
Cars parked at coastal and other outdoor locations are at most risk of being broken into on weekend afternoons during summer months, the Garda Siochána says. Catalytic converters, cash, electronics, jewellery and tools were the items most targeted, and the…
Master of the new Aran island ferry Shane McCole
Porpoises, dolphins, fin whales, puffins and guillemots near the Cliffs of Moher...master of the new Aran island ferry Shane McCole promises much marine life on the new direct run between Galway city and Inis Mór. The 40-metre vessel Saoirse na…
White shark: A white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) swimming at the surface with a biologging package attached to dorsal fin. This package records temperature, swimming speed, depth, body movement and video footage
Marine biologists have long wondered why some species like the white shark and bluefin tuna are warm-blooded when most fish are not. Now newly published research led by a Trinity College Dublin (TCD) scientist has concluded that the ability to…
 Subterranean estuaries may be invisible to the naked eye, but may be very important in the ecology of coasts
“Subterranean estuaries” may be critical in managing sustainable fishing and aquaculture, according to new research. Subterranean estuaries may be invisible to the naked eye, but may be very important in the ecology of coastal systems, the research by Trinity College…
Nuala Moore swimming at Italy Glacier in water temperatures of  2/3 degrees
“Like a real live James Bond movie.. another absolutely insane adventure” is how the ocean and cold water swimmer Nuala Moore describes it. She’s talking about the relay which she and Donegal swimmer Anne Marie Ward participated in to swim…
Port of a fleet of 55 Irish fishing vessels that staged a national protest in Dublin
Steaming up the river Liffey before sunrise, a fleet of 55 Irish fishing vessels staged a national protest in Dublin over the impact of several key issues including Brexit. The second large-scale protest called on the government to seek a…
Yannick Lemonnier's go funds me page has already raised over €1,000 of the €10,000 required after his dismasting
Irish offshore solo sailor Yannick Lemonnier has pledged to continue his Mini Transatlantic Race campaign after his recent yacht dismasting in the English Channel. Speaking to Afloat, Lemonnier said he had received such a warm and supportive response from sailors…
Gleoiteogs which have been restored by the Galway Hooker Sailing Club will participate in the historic Cong Galway race
Several Galway hookers will join a fleet of finely tuned sailing dinghies on Lough Corrib for Europe’s longest and oldest inland yacht race this weekend. The Anam Cara and Lon Dubh gleoiteogs which have been restored by the Galway Hooker…
Drakes Pool in Cork Harbour - The government aims to expand a network of MPAs to cover 30% of Ireland’s total maritime area of 488, 762 square kilometres by 2030
Government officials seeking public views on an expansion of marine protected areas (MPAs) have expressed concern at the low level of feedback so far from the fishing and fish farming sectors. Officials at the Department of Housing, Heritage and Local…
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
Galway's 96-year old gleoiteog Loveen has marked a key stage in its restoration with the nailing of its "whiskey plank". At a "low key" ceremony, the final plank was secured and the occasion was marked with a "modest" round of…
The International Conference will focus on challenges involved in using offshore wind energy
The role of the marine environment in the push towards “net zero” carbon emissions is the theme of an international marine engineering conference running online later this month. The challenges involved in using offshore wind energy and the feasibility of…
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