Colm O Riordan RIP

17th Oct 2015

IWDG were informed on the passing away of Colm O’Riordan. Colm worked at the National Museum of Ireland (Natural History) as keeper and was very interested in recording whales and dolphins as well as turtles and other marine megafauna of interest. The Whale Recording Scheme in Ireland is one of the longest running in the world but recording only passed to the NHM from the Natural History Museum (London) in 1976 when the Wildlife Act came into force.  Colm O'Riordan published the first validated list of records in 1976, updated in 1981 which became the start of the NHM involvement in recording cetaceans. Following this list, records were published annually in the Irish Naturalists' Journal with IWDG taking over this role in the 1990s. IWDG still provide this service and published a validated list each year under "Records from the IWDG". The latest list has just been published (see attached).

Colm also wrote papers on a drive fishery for pilot whales in Ireland and a host of other work on a diversity of subjects.

Colm joined the staff of the National Museum of Ireland as an Assistant Keeper in 1962 and was the Keeper of the Natural History Division from 1968-1988 when he took early retirement. There was an appreciation published at the time of his retirement: O'Connor, J.P. 1990 Dr. Colm E. O'Riordan, National Museum of Ireland, 1962-1988 an appreciation. Irish Naturalists' Journal 23: 237-239.

Simon Berrow