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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).

Fishermen Patrick and Morgan Oliver who located the missing paddleboarders being accompanied by Galway RNLI Crew into Galway Harbour
When Helen Feeney took a photo of her daughter, Sara (23), and niece Ellen (17), off Furbo beach on the northern shore of Galway Bay, the pair were happy out on stand-up paddleboards. It was a bright warm summer’s evening,…
The RNLI Aran island and Galway lifeboats are assisting in the search
An extensive air and sea search is underway in Galway Bay after two young women who set out on stand-up paddleboards from Furbo last evening failed to return to shore. The two women are aged 17 and 23 and from…
Dr Liam Burke, NUIG Co-Investigator on the PIER project at Blackrock in Salthill, Galway City
Swimmers, surfers and paddlers are being asked to participate in research on the risk of superbugs which is being conducted by NUI Galway (NUIG). The NUIG scientists are examining how superbugs are picked up and how the spread of antibiotic-resistant…
David Morris with a cracking 7lbs July salmon on the Fly from Mount Falcon River Moy
Wild Atlantic salmon are returning in “record” numbers to rivers along the Atlantic seaboard, according to fishery managers. As The Sunday Times reports, Inland Fisheries Ireland regional director Francis O’Donnell says this year’s season appears to have “bucked the trend”.…
Dr Deirdre Garvey, Chair of the Western Development Commission, Tomás-Ó-Síocháin CEO of the Western Development Commission, Dr-Helen McHenry, WDC and author of the report, Minister for rural development, Heather Humphreys
Renewable sources in the west are already generating more energy than the region needs, even before offshore energy sources are developed, a new report states. Forecasts that connected renewable generation will “more than double” before 2030 mean there must be…
Vera and Peter Quinlan-Owens with Lilian and Ruairí on board Danú of Galway after berthing at Parkmore pier, near Kinvara, Co Galway yesterday after 14 months at sea
When two Galway children set sail with their parents for a circuit of the North Atlantic last summer, little did they know they wouldn’t be homeschooling on their own. Nor was “pandemic” on the list of potential hazards as Lilian…
Coast Guard volunteer, the late Caitríona Lucas
The director of public prosecutions (DPP) has decided that no criminal charges should be brought in relation to the death of Irish Coast Guard volunteer Caitríona Lucas almost four years ago. As The Sunday Times reports today, her death, the…
RNLI all-weather Achill lifeboat in Co Mayo
RNLI stations are reporting a busy season as more people stay at home for holidays due to the Covid-19 restrictions. As The Irish Examiner reports, new standard operating procedures (SOPs) to adhere with Covid-19 public health and safety guidelines have…
The freshwater amphipod, Gammarus duebeni, is able to fragment microplastics
Small freshwater animals are breaking down microplastics into nanoplastic fragments which can enter the food chain, according to new research by University College Cork (UCC). In less than four days, the freshwater amphipod, Gammarus duebeni, is able to fragment microplastics…
There could be “flashpoints everywhere from Rockall to the North Sea to the Celtic Sea and English Channel”, according to Fishing Representatives
A leading fishing industry representative has warned of “skirmishes at sea” throughout Europe if there is a “no-deal” Brexit. Speaking to The Irish Examiner for Ocean Week 2020, Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) chief executive Sean O’Donoghue says there could be…
Commentators have been saying for a long time that Ireland has “almost an embarrassment of riches, and a superb national challenge”
When Dr Kathy Sullivan (68) climbed out of a tiny submersible which had returned from the bottom of the Mariana Trench, none of the subsequent headlines were quite as clever as that “most vertical girl in the world” slogan coined…
LE William Butler Yeats crew in Navy RIB boarding a trawler 250 miles north of Malin Head on July 16
A German-registered Spanish fishing vessel detained last week by the Naval Service near Rockall had been at the centre of an alleged confrontation off the Scottish coast last month. As The Irish Examiner reports, the 29-metre Pesorsa Dos was detained…
Waterford estuary – permission has been quashed to dredge for razor shells
Coastwatch has welcomed a High Court decision closing the Waterford estuary to razor shell dredging without proper environmental assessment. The ruling has implications for fishing activity on marine sites which are designated as Natura 2000 locations, Coastwatch director Karin Dubksy…
Sullivan, who has Irish roots, became the first US woman to conduct a spacewalk in 1984
US astronaut and oceanographer Dr Kathryn Sullivan has compared the current global situation to being in the midst of a severe storm on a sailing boat in mid-ocean. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Dr Sullivan, who has Irish…
Floating Wind Technology a "Game Changer" for Ireland -Eirwind Blueprint Forecasts
Cork harbour could become central to Ireland’s development as an international centre for hydrogen energy technology, a new offshore wind blueprint by the Eirwind consortium forecasts. As The Irish Examiner reports today, Ireland could be exporting bulk hydrogen as part…
Independence of Marine Casualty Investigation Board 'Not Guaranteed', European Court of Justice Rules
The European Court of Justice has ruled the State’s marine incident investigating body is not independent due to the presence of two civil servants on its board. In a judgment issued late last week, the European Court of Justice (ECJ)…
Tory Island- French filmmaker Loic Jourdain is screening the world premiere of his latest feature on Tory island, entitled The Tribe of Gods.
A documentary on how Tory island’s late king Patsy Dan Rodgers led his community’s efforts to secure their rights and a study of a “maverick islander” are scheduled for Galway Film Fleadh’s online programme this weekend. French filmmaker Loic Jourdain…
Offshore wind turbines used by Simply Blue Energy, which may be deployed off the Cork coast if a license is approved
An Irish renewable energy company is exploring the development of this island's first floating offshore wind farm close to the Kinsale gas field. Youghal company Simply Blue Energy is already involved with French giant Total in a project to build…
Clare Island is the largest of Mayo's offshore islands
The common challenges faced by island communities will be shared during the second global Virtual Island Summit which takes place in September. Some 140 ambassadors representing some 10,000 islanders will participate in the summit online from September 7th to 13th.…
Barry Cowen on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics programme on Sunday
Newly appointed marine minister Barry Cowen has said he regrets an incident where he was disqualified from driving four years ago after being breathalysed. The Fianna Fáil TD for Laois-Offaly and brother of former Taoiseach Brian Cowen, who was appointed…
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