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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's Seaweed Point between Blackrock and Silverstrand which is accessed at low tide
Galway RNLI's deputy launching authority (DLA) has appealed to people not to try to swim ashore if caught in a tidal situation while walking.  Paul Carey, DLA at the Galway station, issued his appeal after the rescue of a man…
Inisturk island had a very good tourist season this year, in spite of guesthouses being closed due to Covid-19
Over four years ago, the Mayo island of Inishturk was inundated with inquiries after the word went out that it was offering a safe haven for North Americans who had not voted for Donald Trump.  Now, even Mr Trump himself…
The 5.9m (19 ft) glass-reinforced plastic craft used by the anglers
Lack of sufficient planning and lack of adequate emergency communication were factors in an incident where two of three men on a sea angling trip lost their lives off the Donegal coast over two years ago. “Restrictive” procedures with the…
Cold water coral habitats from - 750 m water depth at the Porcupine Bank Canyon, NE Atlantic
Irish cold-water corals can survive in extreme conditions within Ireland’s largest submarine canyon on the Porcupine Bank, a new study has found. The coral even grows on precipices of high cliffs, and can withstand sea current speed of over 114…
The MV SVENJA arrived from Hong Kong, Singapore, Durban, Belem and then Galway on Thursday morning with the new Aran ferry
A new fast ferry for the Aran islands was unloaded in an operation lasting several hours in Galway Bay on Friday. The new 40m (131ft) vessel, costing several million euro, was built in Hong Kong. It will be operated by…
A Galway hooker crew paying respect to Martin and Tom Oliver and their bereaved relatives at Claddagh church
When the funeral of Galway fishermen Martin and Tom Oliver left Claddagh church yesterday, the silence among hundreds of people lining the route was broken only by the roar of the river Corrib and the gentle sound of wind in…
TCD professor of environmental history Poul Holm
Two researchers from Trinity College, Dublin (TCD) are among leaders of a €10.4 million project to assess the significance of marine resource exploitation over the past 2,000 years. Archaeology, history and environmental science experts will collaborate in the “4-Oceans” project,…
Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard says that a “dark cloud hangs over the city with the news of the deaths
Galway City Council has opened an online book of condolences for Martin and Tom Oliver, the father and son who died after a fishing accident in Galway Bay earlier this week. Tom Oliver (37) was pulled overboard their vessel on…
RNLI Galway's inshore boat
The Galway fishing and wider marine community is in shock over the death of a young fisherman from a well known Claddagh family on Monday afternoon. The fisherman, whose name has not yet been released, was working on the deck…
Virtually Shackleton Online Autumn School Takes Place on Saturday
Ireland and the Antarctic Treaty and the conservation of Ernest Shackleton’s Quest ship’s cabin in Connemara’s Letterfrack are among topics for this year’s Shackleton autumn school which takes place online on Saturday (Oct 31). “Virtually Shackleton” is hosted online by…
The National Inshore Fisherman's Association fleet (NIFA) is one of 15 groups making representations to the take the “steps necessary” to reinstate the ban and protect inshore stocks
Environmental and commercial fishing groups have joined forces to call for a restoration of a ban on trawling by larger vessels within six nautical miles of the coast. Marine life such as dolphins, small scale fishing vessels and sea birds…
The busiest lifeboat station has been Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, with nearly 100 call outs for this year so far, according to the RNLI
Rescue agencies are reporting a record year for incidents on the water as thousands of people turned to the coastline, lakes and rivers during Covid-19. The Irish Coast Guard, RNLI and Water Safety Ireland have all been under pressure to…
Capt Dara Fitzpatrick (pictured), Capt Mark Duffy and winch team Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith all died in the Rescue 116 helicopter crash
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has appointed a new review board into the Air Accident Investigation Unit’s (AAIU) final report on the Rescue 116 helicopter crash. As The Irish Independent reports today, the review experienced a setback last month when…
One of the Great Blasket’s best-known residents, Peig Sayers
As if there wasn’t enough Kerry sadness with Fungie’s disappearance, along comes Peig Sayers... As The Sunday Independent reports today, a newly published collection of stories by one of the Great Blasket’s best-known residents shows her “grámhar or more flirtatious…
 Ireland is aiming for 30% of its maritime area to be designated MPAs by 2030
Public consultation on a new report on expanding Ireland’s marine protected areas will begin “later this year”, according to Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien. A report exploring the need to expand Ireland’s marine protected areas (MPAs)…
The culturally iconic leaping Atlantic salmon
New research led by scientists at University College Cork (UCC) which uses genetic fingerprinting techniques indicated that captive-born salmon are far less successful at reproducing as wild salmon spawning in the same river. “We looked at the lifetime reproductive success…
Professor John Quinn with the Gannet colony sign on the Great Saltee Islands
COVID-19’s impact on visits to offshore islands may be benefiting the gannet seabird colony on Wexford’s Great Saltee. A new University College Cork (UCC) study has recorded the level of disturbance to the birds caused by tourists in the summer…
LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) on patrol
 A French-registered fishing vessel has been detained by the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) off the south-west coast. The detention approximately 45 nautical miles south-west of Mizen Head was in relation to alleged breaches of fishing…
An illustration from the WindEurope Flagship report
Each new wind turbine built in Europe generates €10 million worth of economic activity, according to a European industry network. A new report by WindEurope also says investing in wind energy will help Europe’s economic recovery from the impacts of…
The current Coastguard contractor operates a fleet of Sikorsky S-92 helicopters from four bases: Shannon, Sligo, Dublin and Waterford
The Irish Coast Guard has asked the Government to include fixed-wing aircraft and use of drones in the new State contract for search and rescue. As The Sunday Times reports today, tender offers for the new air/sea service, which will…
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