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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).

Peter Vine at the helm
Octopus fishing in Tarawa, accidentally sinking a Royal Navy RIB, monitoring the Loch Ness monster and deep diving to 287 feet... That’s just a small taste of adventures experienced by scientist, author, and film producer Peter Vine, who lives in…
The replica logboat was modelled on the sunken boat that measures some 7.5m long, 0.61m wide and 0.4m deep.
An oak tree’s transformation from trunk to replica iron age boat on Connemara's Lough Corrib has been filmed as part of a University College Cork (UCC) project. Entitled "A New Logboat for Lough Corrib: The Pallasboy Project", the film was…
RNLI Galway
In Galway city, the RNLI inshore lifeboat rescued a man caught in rising tide while out walking at Ballyloughane beach near Renmore. A member of the public spotted the man who had taken refuge on Hare island at about 11…
WhaleTales”  takes place today
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has recommended that a single body should handle all mitigation measures to reduce impact of offshore wind farms on marine mammals. A policy document published by the NGO includes recommendations to ensure offshore…
Ocean uprising - a new computer game  dedicated to ending overfishing
A “heroic herring” which manages to avoid hungry, cod, dolphins and supertrawlers is the “star” of an online game released by a non-governmental organisation in advance of next week’s EU fisheries council. The game entitled “Ocean Uprising” has been devised…
Sperm whale at surface
Up to 380 sperm whales are living in deep waters off the Irish coast, a newly published study has found.  This makes sperm whales “one of the most abundant great whale species” in these waters, expert Dr Simon Berrow says. …
Kelp expert Dr KathrynSchoenrock
A leading specialist in the ecology of Irish kelp forests along the Atlantic coastline has been given an award by the Irish Research Council (IRC). NUI Galway marine ecologist Dr Kathryn Schoenrock has been given Early Career Researcher of the…
Sean Moroney - a trawler-man of Kilmore Quay: Can the politicians of London and Brussels really kick them out of the waters that they have fished all their lives?
As efforts continue to agree a final Brexit deal, two Wexford fishermen have outlined on RTÉ Radio Countrywide how devastating loss of access to British waters will be. British prime minister Boris Johnson met European Commission president Ursula von der…
A feeding frenzy of dolphins off Fountainstown, Co Cork
Warm water anchovies and sprat are tempting pods of dolphins, fin whales and seabirds close to the south coast this week, with feeding frenzies reported in outer Cork harbour. An estimated 50 to 60 dolphins have been sighted by several…
Rugby playersOcean rowers - Damian Browne and Fergus FarrellListen to the podcast below
Former professional rugby player and Galway adventurer Damian Browne and his lifelong friend and fellow rugby player Fergus Farrell are attempting to set a new Guinness world record in an unsupported row across the Atlantic in two years’ time. It…
Irish vessel Ocean Venture II landing into Dingle harbour, Co Kerry, where large quantities of warm water anchovies have appeared in the past week
Sea temperatures may seem bracing for swimmers, but shoals of warm water anchovies have appeared in large numbers off the south-west coast. “Astonishing” is how Kerry-based fish expert Dr Kevin Flannery describes the volume of tiny oily fish, widely used…
Alga gobbling up a live coral in Caribbean reefs
Coral reefs are under pressure from hurricanes, pollution, bleaching and global warming, and scientists have now confirmed the extent of the threat from an aggressive alga. The algae, known as peyssonnelid algal crusts (PAC), are colonising reefs in the Caribbean…
Dublin songwriter and musician Dan Fitzpatrick
Taking 20 minutes to listen to music inspired by five oceans is the focus of a new release by a Dublin songwriter and musician Dan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, also known as Badhands, combines acoustic and electronic instrumentation to reflect what he…
Aquabusiness graduates (from left to right) Dr Karen Hennessey, Head of CIT Wexford campus, James > Roche of Kilmore Quay (to graduate shortly), Amy Allen, course director,  HDip graduate Seamus O'Flaherty Jnr of Kilmore Quay, Dr Janette Davies, deputy head of Wexford Campus, Brian O'Loan, BIM Resource Development Officer,  and HDip graduate Carmen Bates of Duncannon.
Students from Norway and other countries are participating in a higher diploma in aquabusiness which is now in its fourth year in Wexford. A total of 19 students have registered for the one-year part-time diploma in “business in aquabusiness” which…
It has been claimed up to 1.7 (one point seven) million tonnes of unwanted and juvenile fish was being discarded annually
A well-intentioned campaign by a celebrity chef to reduce dumping of unwanted fish in European waters has led to an increase in fishing quotas, according to new research. The “unintended impact” of the European ban on discarding fish may lead…
Open water swimmer Paddy McNamara
Experienced open water swimmer Paddy McNamara has appealed to people to be mindful of sea safety after he rescued a young man from Galway Bay yesterday. McNamara pulled the man in his early twenties from the water after he got…
Currently, harvesters are paid €55 a tonne for Ascophyllum nodosum
Hand-harvesting seaweed on the Irish Atlantic coast experienced an unexpected boost due to Covid-19, according to Canadian-owned seaweed company Arramara Teo. Construction workers with coastal connections opted to supplement incomes on the shoreline, and there are now large quantities in…
Wexford inshore fisherman, Michael Foley; each year is more and more challenging for the inshore fleet
If Fungie or any similar solo bottle-nosed dolphin had a notion to settle in an Irish harbour, they could be in stiff competition for feeding on sprat and juvenile herring. As The Irish Examiner reports today, there is mounting concern…
The Oliver's fishing boat approaches the swimmer spotted taking refuge on Palmer’s Rock, about 200 metres from shore.
Galway Harbour father and son Patrick and Morgan Oliver have recorded another rescue, saving a swimmer who got into difficulty off Salthill on Saturday morning. The Olivers were fishing off Salthill in Galway Bay on Saturday morning when a swimmer…
Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill, Presenter of Rugbaí BEO on TG4, launched the Christmas event #SwimWhereYouAre for COPE Galway, which will take place over 10 days from 21-30 December, at your nearest beach, wherever you are in the world.
"Swim where you are" is the message from a Galway charity which normally relies on Christmas Day sea swims for fundraising. Cope Galway is asking people both at home and abroad to register online and swim - or sponsor a…
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