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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).

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…
The issue of Rockall in the North Atlantic is not mentioned in an Ireland-Scotland Bilateral Review
A newly published Ireland-Scotland bilateral review advocates economic co-operation in areas including the marine and renewable energy. However, the issue of Rockall is not mentioned, although access flared up as an issue in early January when a Donegal vessel was…
Diver Owen O'Connell examines the cultch post deployment in south Galway Bay
“Good news everyone”, the natives have returned...” It’s not your average title to a scientific paper, but this one has reason to celebrate - hailing the return of native oysters to Belfast Lough after a century. The paper by Bangor…
Howth Harbour in County Dublin is one of five additional Irish ports where fishing vessels on the British register can land from February 1st
Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue has come to the rescue of Donegal islanders with fishing boats registered in Northern Ireland who were blocked from landing into their nearest port by the Brexit deal. Northern Irish vessels and boats owned by…
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A tribute to the Oliver fishermen of Galway’s Claddagh and all those who have lost lives at sea is reflected in a moving short film spearheaded by arts consultant Brendan Savage. Entitled Sea of Souls, the film captures images of…
Back to the Source: Saving Europe's Biodiversity Starts in the Ocean
A coalition of environmental groups says there are “key marine policy gaps” in the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy 2030. “Tangible and binding” actions must be taken to ensure the proposed biodiversity strategy ensures “the long-term health” of oceans, the group of…
Arthur Reynolds, the founding editor of The Skipper magazine
Why do Japanese fishing vessels steam halfway around the world to catch tuna on the Irish Continental Shelf edge, and why do Norwegian vessels hunt for highly valuable blue whiting in these waters? Arthur Reynolds, the founding editor of The…
Seven men died when their dredger, the Solway Harvester, was caught in a storm off the Scottish coast on January 11th, 2000.
Fishing communities on both sides of the Irish Sea have marked the 20th anniversary of the sinking of a scallop dredger with the loss of seven lives off the Isle of Man. The Celtic League non-governmental organisation has also marked…
Paddy Mulvany's Kristel Patrick which fishes for 40 per cent of the year in the Celtic Sea, primarily for prawns
Marine minister Charlie McConalogue’s department has been criticised for its “chaotic” handling of a permit system for Irish fishing vessels to British waters after Brexit.  Only a fraction of the entire Irish fleet has been given permits to continued access…
Kildare born adventurer Ernest Shackleton
Pandemic restrictions have forced us all to live like trapped adventurers “on a metaphorical ice floe”, according to the Shackleton Museum in Athy, Co Kildare And so “What would Shackleton do?” was the title of five podcasts which it released…
Up to 30 per cent of whitefish, including haddock, caught by Killybegs and Greencastle vessels is taken around Rockall.
Sinn Féin has criticised the Government’s handling of a seven-year-old agreement with Britain on Rockall after an Irish fishing vessel was inspected by a Scottish patrol earlier this week. Sinn Féin fisheries and marine spokesman Pádraig MacLochlainn was reacting to…
The Thun Liffey
A newly built 150m oil tanker which ran aground close to the mouth of Lough Foyle earlier this morning has been refloated. As Afloat reported earlier, the 11,826 tonne Thun Liffey was leaving Lisahally terminal in Derry for Milford Haven…
The 11,826 tonne Thun Liffey
Efforts are underway to refloat a newly built 150m oil tanker which ran aground close to the mouth of Lough Foyle earlier this morning.  The 11,826 tonne Thun Liffey was leaving Lisahally terminal in Derry for Milford Haven when the…
EU Has Created "New Fisheries Policy" with Brexit, Irish Fishing Leader Says
A “Brexit concession” by the EU to Britain on fish stocks should be extended to all coastal states including Ireland, according to a leading Irish industry organisation. The Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation (IS&WFPO) says that the EU…
Filmmaker and Aosdána member Bob Quinn
Atlantean conjures up images of sea serpents, mythical peoples living under the sea and it is also the title of a fascinating project which Aosdána member and filmmaker Bob Quinn embarked on in the early 1980s. The outcome was three…
Artist Kenneth King's depiction of a German bomber over the lightship Isolda off the Wexford coast on December 19th, 1940. Six Dun Laoghaire men died and 22 survived
Six Dun Laoghaire mariners never came home for Christmas 80 years ago, when their lightship was attacked and sunk by a German bomber aircraft off the Wexford coast. Now, the grand-daughter of one of those lost has appealed to other…
The 'SOS - Save Our Sea in Dublin Bay' has received 18,611 signatures for its petition to the EPA
A “giant-size” towel collage has been spread out at Blackrock’s Seapoint shoreline in Dublin Bay on Saturday to highlight the need for action over Dublin Bay water quality. Open water swimmers suspended hostilities over whether dry robes or towels were…
Ahern Remarks on Brexit & Fish Anger Fishing Industry Leader
 As Brexit negotiations continue over fisheries, comments made by former taoiseach Bertie Ahern on the issue have angered a leading Irish fishing industry spokesman  Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) chief executive Sean O’Donoghue said he had contacted Minister for Marine Charlie…
Mixed Reaction to EU Fish Quota Council
There has been a mixed Irish reaction to this year’s EU fish council, after a three-month “rollover” of catch allocations was agreed to facilitate ongoing Brexit negotiations. EU ministers agreed to allocate total allowable catches (TACs) and quotas based on…
An EU project involving University College Cork (UCC) team of researchers has identified thousands of large dams and a myriad of weirs, culverts, fords, sluices and ramps
Europe has some of the "most fragmented" rivers in the world with at least 1.2 million instream barriers, according to a newly published study. An EU project involving University College Cork (UCC) team of researchers has identified thousands of large…
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