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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 Search and Rescue: True stories of Irish Air-Sea Rescues and the Loss of R116 (2022); Everest Callling (1994) on the first Irish Everest expedition; Mayday! Mayday! (2004); and Once Upon a Time in the West: the Corrib gas controversy (2010). She is also co-producer with Sarah Blake of the Doc on One "Miracle in Galway Bay" which recently won a Celtic Media Award

Transatlantic Rower Damian Browne's boat Cushlamachree on the rocks at Furbo Beach, Galway
Transatlantic Rower Damian Browne is due to be welcomed at Galway docks this morning after he was swept into rocks in a force nine gale in the early hours of this morning. The extreme adventurer was not injured after his…
Damian Browne on Cushlamachree on Monday evening in the Foul Sound between Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr
Extreme adventurer Damian Browne rowed into Galway Bay after his transatlantic crossing and is due into Galway docks from 10.30 am on Tuesday. The former Connacht rugby player will have become one of a handful to have rowed both ways across…
Two basking sharks pass Malin Head on their annual migration - following legislation to protect the species, the Social Democrats has also called for a protection plan for the fish
Legislation to protect the basking shark in Irish waters has been welcomed by the Social Democrats but the party has called for a protection plan for the fish. As reported by Afloat, the protective measures for basking sharks under the…
Ministers Malcolm Noonan and Charlie McConalogue sign the regulations giving basking shark ‘protected wild animal’ status
Legislation giving the basking shark “protected wild animal” status has been signed into law by two Government ministers. The move, which was first announced last March, has been made official by Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm…
Former Connacht rugby player Damian Browne is closing in on Galway after rowing across the Atlantic from New York
“I see land and it’s Ireland”. After sending that WhatsApp message from sea several days ago, former Connacht rugby player Damian Browne could have berthed in Kerry by now after rowing 3,500 nautical miles across the Atlantic. However, the extreme…
Paul Hopkins and Phil Pugh set out on their journey
English firefighter Paul Hopkins (55) had recovered from a brain haemorrhage and entrepreneur Phil Pugh (65) was renowned for undertaking extreme physical challenges in honour of his son when they rowed into Antigua in a fourth-hand wooden rowing boat in…
Línte na Farraige aims to provoke a dialogue around rising sea levels - the installations comprise illuminated horizontal lines, based on predictions of future sea level rise from international benchmarks that represent future sea level and storm surges
Lines of light showing projected sea level rise in Galway city is part of a collaborative project involving scientists and artists which will extend across a number of Irish coastal areas this year. Línte na Farraige aims to provoke a…
The mural of Shackleton by artist Eloise Gillard records Amundsen’s words on hearing of the Irish explorer’s death
A mural paying tribute to Irish and Norwegian explorers Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen has been unveiled by Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland Mari Skåre in Athy, Co Kildare. The mural of Shackleton by artist Eloise Gillow records Amundsen’s words on hearing…
The aim of the scheme is to increase the attractiveness for Irish shipping companies to employ seafarers. Registered vessels must be self-propelled and have more than 100 tons of gross tonnage
The European Commission has approved extending an Irish scheme to refund employers' social security contributions for seafarers on certain vessels until December 2028. The aim of the scheme is to increase the attractiveness for Irish shipping companies to employ seafarers,…
During the drift towards the Dutch coast, the bulk carrier first hit another ship and then two structures of a wind farm under construction. See vid below
The Dutch Safety Board says it has initiated an investigation into the “increasing congestion” caused by wind farms and shipping in the North Sea. The safety board, which investigates shipping, aviation, railway and industrial accidents in the Dutch State, said…
Minister of State with responsibility for the Irish Coast Guard Hildegarde Naughton turns the sod on the new Coast Guard Station for Bunmahon, Co Waterford. A sum of 5.3 million euro is being invested in the new station, according to Minister
Two junior ministers have turned a sod on the construction site of a new Coast Guard station at Bunmahon, Co Waterford. A sum of 5.3 million euro is being invested in the new station, according to Minister of State with…
National Ports Study - It claims to be the most detailed analysis ever conducted on the readiness of Irish ports for the development of offshore renewable energy
Belfast is the only port on the island of Ireland which is ready to construct offshore wind farms, according to a new study published by Wind Energy Ireland. The national ports study published at the body’s annual offshore wind energy…
Hanneke Frenkel finds washed ashore rope on Turbot Island
Turbot “new” islander Hanneke Frenkel is hosting an exhibition of her “sea carpets” made from ocean flotsam and jetsam as part of this year’s Clifden Arts Festival in north Connemara. Frenkel, who bought a cottage with her Dutch husband Stefan…
The broken mast of Harlingen lying across its foredeck
A wooden mast which broke suddenly on a Dutch historic sailing ship and killed three people on its deck had been rotting for at least four years beforehand, the Dutch Safety Board has found. In the two years prior to…
On the Waterford estuary, Dollar Bay surveyors used kayaks to get to inaccessible shores and could track how far the honeycomb reef extended along the shore
Coastwatch has appealed for volunteers to join its annual autumn shore survey, which runs from mid-September to mid-October. “This is now one of the longest standing citizen science projects in Ireland,” Coastwatch founder Karin Dubsky says. ” It’s a basic…
University of Galway expert Prof Dearbháile Morris - the current EU bathing water quality directive requires updating
Preliminary research into the impact of harmful organisms in bathing water suggests that regular sea swimmers leading a healthy life may have some protection. University of Galway expert Prof Dearbháile Morris cautions that the indications are preliminary, and require more…
The Youth Advisory Team residential meeting took place on the DCU St Patrick's campus.  It was the first in-person meeting of the team who were working together with the researchers for DCU and UCC to plan the Children & Young People's Assembly on Biodiversity Loss, which will take place over two weekends in October
Young people with an interest in biodiversity loss in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments have been invited to apply to join Ireland’s first national children and young people’s assembly dedicated to the issue. The new Children and Young People’s Assembly…
Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan -
Energy ministers linked to the North Seas Energy Cooperation (NSEC) and the European Commission have pledged a “significant increase in their collective ambition” in the deployment of offshore renewable energy. Nine NSEC countries, including Ireland, which met in Dublin today…
A diagram illustrating the current and future types of marine wind turbines, the one in the shallowest sea has a solid 'pole' the second sits on a 'pylon-like' structure and the next two are anchored by chains to the sea bed
Oceanographers at Bangor University in Wales are calling for research into the environmental impact of turbulence caused by tidal flow past floating deep-water wind farms. New research is needed to fully understand how locating varying types of wind turbines could…
Bernard and the late Caitriona Lucas in a Coastguard RIB. A documentary is due to be aired on Clare FM Radio today, September 12th, on her life
Six years after Caitriona Lucas became the first Irish Coast Guard volunteer to die during active service, a documentary is due to be aired on Clare FM Radio today, September 12th, on her life. “Caitriona was a hero...she should always…
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