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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).

Galway RNLI lifeboat
Galway RNLI lifeboat rescued a swimmer who got into difficulty off Blackrock beach in Salthill this afternoon during very challenging weather conditions. The alarm was raised at 12.25 pm by a pedestrian who saw the woman struggling in the water…
Ten Irish entries are among the record 400 registrations for the race around Ireland's Fastnet Rock in August
Bow to bow, they stretch five kilometres – that's how the Rolex Fastnet yacht race organisers have welcomed the record entry for this summer’s race, which will have a new finish in Cherbourg, France. Some ten Irish entries are among…
Arthus Bertrand’s documentary “Home” from 2009 portrays “the beautiful diversity of our ecosystem
Climate change and its impact on sea and land is the theme of this year’s “Night of Ideas” festival hosted by the French embassy. The “Green Night of Ideas” lasts the month of February, with films available to view for…
Julia Calderwood of the Marine Institute
Some 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are female, according to UNESCO which marks International Day of Women and Girls in Science this week About 35 per cent of all students in STEM-related fields – that’s science, technology, engineering and…
Delphi fishery manager David McEvoy with the 6lbs 3 ozs salmon he caught in Connemara - the first salmon caught on the fly this season
Connemara’s first salmon of the year has been caught on the Delphi fishery, as Covid-19 restrictions keep many anglers away from their favoured riverbanks. Delphi fishery manager David McEvoy was only angling for ten minutes when he hooked and landed…
The Aran islands energy co-op is “campaigning hard” to ensure local communities will have a central role in future energy generation
The Government’s ambitious plans for renewable energy off the Atlantic coast should involve communities as active stakeholders and not just recipients of compensation, an island energy co-op has said. Dara Ó Maoildhia, chairman of Comharchumann Fuinneamh Oileáin Árann, the Aran…
River Corrib, Galway, Ireland
Galway city is struggling to cope with the volume of untreated wastewater released into the Corrib estuary and bay, a new report claims. As The Times reports, a study by An Taisce estimates untreated water amounting to 30 Olympic size…
Ireland's Ramsar sites, such as Clara Bog above, are important for their variety of wetlands habitats, for wintering and breeding birds and for plants, mammals and invertebrates
They might be small pockets of marshy ground, or they could be on bogs, in estuaries, or turloughs. All these are wetland habitats, and are the focus of a new photographic contest to mark World Wetlands day today, February 2nd.…
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology researcher Ryan Wilson-Parr will speak about the Hen Harrier (above) Project
Once far more familiar in coastal areas, three of Ireland’s most endangered birds are the subject of a webinar hosted today by the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT). The threats posed to and monitoring projects on the curlew, the corncrake and…
3,500 MW (megawatts) of electricity will come from offshore wind in the Government's climate action plan for 2030
An environmental group has expressed fears that the Government is prioritising industry-funded offshore wind and wave energy projects over its international commitments on marine protected areas. As The Times reports, the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has questioned why legislation is…
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan says he plans a review of how marine accidents are investigated which should take “several months”. Addressing an Oireachtas Transport and Networks Communications committee on Friday (Jan 29), Mr Ryan said that the the “fundamental…
Sub-Lieut Tahlia Britton from Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal,
“We’ll always give our best, treat every incident as if it is one of our own.... and try our utmost to get a missing family member back to their loved one.....” The words of Lieut Stephen Stack, head of the…
Offshore wind turbines used by Simply Blue Energy off the Cork coast
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has welcomed Irish offshore energy Simply Blue’s deal with multinational Shell to develop its floating wind farm in the Celtic Sea. Simply Blue Energy and Shell confirmed today that the multinational is acquiring a…
The shorttail nurse shark - so name due to its small size – grows to approximately 75 centimetres (30 inches) and is found in coral reefs
Marine scientists have found that a critically endangered shark in southern African has been identified in waters over 2,000 km away from its usual habitat. The scientists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) say that information and images dating…
Marine minister Charlie McConalogue
Marine minister Charlie McConalogue says he has expressed Ireland’s “serious concerns” at EU level about a “ disproportionate burden being borne” by it in relation to fish quotas lost under Brexit. Mr McConalogue said he conveyed this at an informal…
County Kerry’s Valentia Island is examining the feasibility of combining offshore wind with electrolyser technology to convert water to hydrogen
Using green hydrogen to supply island energy needs is the theme of several projects which Irish offshore communities and universities are involved in. A consortium of Irish islands led by Kerry’s Valentia Island Co-op and Rathlin, Co Antrim is examining…
Types of waves and how they can affect sea swimmers will be discussed in tonight's talk series
Sea swimming weather and wave safety is the theme of an online talk tonight - the first in a new series hosted by Swim Ireland and the RNLI. In response to the surge in interest in open water swimming during…
Fishing industry leader Hugo Boyle
Tributes have been paid to fishing industry leader Hugo Boyle, who died unexpectedly earlier this week. Mr Boyle, a father of four from Falcarragh, Co Donegal, was chief executive of the Irish South and East Fish Producers’ Organisation (IS&EFPO). “A…
Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) chief executive Sean O’Donoghue
EU coastal states “haven’t taken the same hit” as Ireland in losing access to British fishing grounds and “must burden share”, an industry leader said. The fishing industry is “not interested” in financial compensation, and wants to ensure it “gets…
Filmmaker and Aosdána member Bob Quinn
Galway Film Fleadh has confirmed it is extending its online film festival which includes the Atlantean series of documentaries by film-maker Bob Quinn. The documentaries explored Quinn’s theory that our maritime links were part of a common “Atlantean” culture extending…
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