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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).

Multi-instrumentalist, Liam Ó Maonlaí, in fine tune during rehearsals for Óró
The fragility of coastal languages, music and poetry will be celebrated by ten artists from five countries with minority languages at a Galway 2020 show opening in south Connemara next week. Musician Liam Ó Maonlaí, who participated in the last…
A drone image of the outline of the drowned prehistoric settlement  identified just west of Clifden by archaeologist Michael Gibbons
Discovery of the remains of a “drowned” prehistoric house in north Connemara may be further evidence of sea-level rise along the Atlantic coast in the last millennium. As The Sunday Times reports today, parts of a small prehistoric dwelling covered…
Two Civil Servants Step Down from Marine Casualty Investigation Board
Two civil servants have stepped down from the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB), following a European Court of Justice ruling which found it lacked independence. As The Sunday Times reports today, Ireland is not appealing the recent EU court judgment,…
The survey aircraft is a white, twin-propeller plane (as pictured), which is easily identified by its red tail and black stripe as well as the word ‘SURVEY’
Ireland should have 75 per cent of its land territory mapped this year, according to the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI). A low-flying aircraft will gather geophysical date over counties Laois, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Waterford, and neighbouring parts of Offaly,…
New Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue
Micheál Martin and new marine minister Charlie McConalogue are expected to meet fishing industry representatives over the Government’s controversial re-introduction of a penalty points system to regulate commercial fishing. The meeting has not yet been confirmed by Government, but KFO…
Galway’s Claddagh Quay
Galway’s Claddagh Quay is the location for a 24-hour digital art exhibit which has been weather-proofed for the Atlantic elements. Climate crisis is the theme of “Mirror Pavilion”, which was designed by John Gerrard as Galway 2020 European cultural capital…
The lake boat involved in the incident.
An angler who drowned in Lough Mask in Co Mayo over a year ago was not wearing a lifejacket, the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has found. A report by the MCIB published yesterday (Tues, September 1) has been unable…
The RNLI lifeboat en route to the dismasted yacht
Galway RNLI has rescued a man whose yacht got into difficulty on Galway Bay this morning. Galway RNLI says that the yacht was sailing from Barna to Ballyvaughan in Clare when the forestay broke and the mast crashed onto the…
A 2014 High Court ruling, upheld by the Supreme Court 3 years later, found the penalty legislation to be unconstitutional in not allowing for fair procedure.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has been accused of having “conveniently ignored” a Supreme Court ruling on penalty points for commercial fishing by signing in a new system late last week. Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) chief executive Séan O’Donoghue condemned the move…
EU-US "Mini Deal" on Lobster Imports  Negotiated by Former Commissioner Phil Hogan May "Wipe Out" Irish Lobster Fishery
Irish lobster fishermen are warning that they face a “wipe-out” as a result of an EU-US trade deal negotiated by former Irish commissioner Phil Hogan. As The Sunday Independent reports, the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine says Ireland is…
The event will explore how islands connect “to each other, to the mainland and to other islands across Europe and the world”.
The challenges for the economies of Ireland’s offshore islands in a “post-COVID world” will be discussed with a number of contributors at a “virtual summit” next Wednesday (Sept 2). Comdháil Oileáín na hÉireann, the Irish Island Federation, is supporting the…
Ella Glynn, who was rescued with her cousin Sara Feeney off Inis Oirr earlier this month, pictured with her parents Johnny and Deirdre on Sunday after she arrived home from University Hospital Galway
The Irish Coast Guard has said it is reviewing the rescue of two young women who survived 15 hours at sea on paddleboards after they were swept across Galway Bay. As The Irish Independent reports today, Independent Galway West TD…
Sara Feeney speaks to Lorna Siggins on the RTE podcast
Sara Feeney, the Galway woman who survived 15 hours at sea on paddleboards with her cousin Ellen Glynn, has paid a further tribute to those involved in rescue at sea. In an interview with RTE Radio 1 Countrywide, she has…
Galway RNLI station
Galway RNLI lifeboat has rescued a kite surfer who got into difficulty in inner Galway Bay on Saturday evening. The man, who is in his early thirties, had set off from Ballyloughane beach near Renmore at about 4.50 pm as…
Dara Calleary has tendered his resignation as Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine following his attendance at a golf dinner this week
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Dara Calleary has tendered his resignation with immediate effect, after attending an event in Clifden, Co Galway, just a day after new Covid-19 measures were introduced. The Fianna Fáil Mayo TD, who had only…
Ireland One of Two EU States Selected for Citizen Survey on Health of Marine & Freshwater Environment
Ireland is one of two EU member states selected for a Europe-wide citizen survey on the health of the marine and freshwater environment. The EU’s mission for healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters is seeking citizens’ priorities in Ireland…
The floats marking crab pots 2 miles south west of Inis Oirr
Aran island fisherman Bertie Donohue says he is “amazed” at the resilience of the two young Galway women who survived a 15-hour ordeal after their paddleboards were swept across Galway bay last week. “They are two very tough, very brave…
Philly Eves and Tedd Hamilton on board Kari which they spent 6 years on from 2003 with their children (from left)Cian, Soracha and Oisin
“A steel boat will take you anywhere if it is well maintained, but knowing it inside out made all the difference,” “You can jump onto a boat and sail it, but you can have lots of problems if you aren’t…
Patrick Oliver and his son Morgan, who rescued cousins Ellen Glynn and Sara Feeney off Inis Oirr island, with some of Patrick’s RNLI colleagues on their arrival back at the Galway RNLI Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks
Galway student Sara Feeney (23) has said she is “overwhelmed” with gratitude for the hundreds of people who searched overnight when she and her cousin Ellen Glynn (17) were swept out to the mouth of Galway Bay on paddleboards last…
Ellen Glynn was rescued after 15 hours at sea
Taylor Swift songs and shooting stars sustained cousins Ellen Glynn (17) and Sara Feeney (23) during their 15-hour overnight ordeal on paddleboards in Galway Bay. “I think I know every line of Taylor Swift – we sang them all,” Ellen…
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