April 2016 - Review of Gold licences in Wicklow/Wexford [.pdf 1.3MB]
In early 2012 Connemara Mining signed a farm in agreement with Hendrick Resources of Canada whereby they can earn a 75% interest in a block of five licences in the Wicklow/Wexford area by spending €1m. . The original Mine River licence block consisted of a group of four contiguous prospecting licences covering an area of approximately 130km2 in counties Wicklow and Wexford. This block was obtained by Connemara in April 2008. Prospecting licence 4053 (formerly 2556) has been added to the block, it includes the Caim mine. This is an epithermal base metal deposit hosted by the Ribband group. The Mine was worked from 1818 to 1836. Although no quantitative estimative of the size of the deposit has been reported, the workings seem to have been extensive with a large open pit and a number of shafts created. Minor gold mineralization was drilled in one of the historic holes around Caim, by Aquitaine in the 1980’s.
The joint venture with Hendrick Resources is a good fit. Dale Hendrick of Hendrick Resources is a vastly experienced, widely respected, Canadian based gold explorer. He believes that there is significant potential for gold down the east coast of Ireland. He believes that modern technology will identify prospective targets. History supports Dale Hendrick. From the Wicklow Gold Rush around 1800 to the present day, gold has been, and is being discovered in the streams and soils in Wicklow and Wexford. Connemara geologists have extensive experience in the area. We acquired what we believe are among the most prospective licences, the so called Mine River block. Earlier work by a number of explorers found gold and base metals on the ground. Hendrick Resources has undertaken an airborne magnetic survey. Final Results have identified previously unknown anomalies, which will be targeted for drilling.
The underlying geology of the licence block area consists primarily of Ribband Group metasediments; a distal turbiditic succession of slates, siltstones and sandstones. Local occurrences of intermediate to basic volcanic rocks are also noted. On the south-eastern edge of the licence block, rocks of the Duncannon Group have been mapped. The Duncannon Group consists of acid, intermediate and basic volcanic rocks, with a minor sedimentary component.
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Mine Bridge Licenses, GSI 1:100,000 Geology, Historic drilling (Red Points)
The Mine River Licence Block is a prospective area for both base metal and gold mineralisation. Abundant mineralised float samples with gold results up to 52.18g/t have been found on the licence block, particularly around the Tombreen and Knocknalour area.A southwest trend of mineralised outcrops at Mine Bridge, Kilrush and on the western edge of PL 2555 (gold 1.65g/t, 4.63g/t and 0.915g/t respectively) has been identified from compilation of historic data from a number of different companies. A southwest trend of deep over burden gold anomalies is also evident from work in Tombreen, along with an accompanying west-northwest trend. This west-northwest trend is also broadly defined by the occurrence of zones mineralised float at Tombreen and Mine Bridge and has been termed the Mine Bridge Trend.
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