It is with great regret that the IRBC announce that, due to other commitments, Ciaran Cronin has unfortunately stepped down from his position on the IRBC. Although only serving for a short time, Ciaran brought a refreshing new way to view the issues at hand, and an incisive line of questioning which was always thought provoking. This, combined with his self-deprecating good humour and undoubted knowledge made Ciaran a valuable and appreciated colleague and he will be missed. We all wish him well with his other endeavours!

Ciaran's retirement of course leaves a vacancy and the IRBC are delighted to announce that Seamus Enright has agreed to take up the role. Seamus will be well known to all Irish birders and is one of the crop of active observers to emerge in 'the Kingdom' in the early 1990s. He has long been known as a keen and thoughtful student of identification and these attributes were never more to the fore than during his key role in the discovery of a new species, the Pincoya Storm-petrel off Chile a few years ago. He has birded extensively in Europe, Africa and south east Asia. and among his top finds in Ireland are Rustic, Little and Ortolan Buntings, Subalpine Warbler, Nightingale and Fea's type Petrel, and most recently on his local patch, Ivory Gull. We are sure Seamus will be a valuable addition to the IRBC.

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