Gold deposits likely on Wicklow border – article in today’s Irish Examiner

Gold deposits likely on Wicklow border

By Geoff Percival

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Irish mineral exploration firm Connemara Mining has said there is a good prospect of recoverable gold deposits at its licences on the border of counties Wicklow and Wexford, adding that it could start drilling in the coming months.

The announcement follows a recent airborne survey of the highly-anticipated gold licences by Connemara’s joint venture partner, Canadian exploration firm, Hendrick Resources.

The Canadian company has an option to spend €1m on obtaining a 75% stakeholding.

The survey noted a strong north-east/ south-west “magnetic high trend” located along the west of Connemara’s licence block, hinting at a deep-seated structural zone.

It also noted “multiple magnetic highs splaying off this zone” — clear indications of a prospective structural setting and typical features in areas associated with gold mineralisation.

Commenting on the latest news, Connemara’s chairman John Teeling said he was “very pleased” with the results of the survey, adding that the Wicklow/Wexford area has “long held the potential to host commercial gold deposits”.

“The airborne survey results highlighting the Tombreen and Knocknalour areas supports our earlier work, but new areas are identified near Carnew and north-east of Clohamon. It is very early days in this exploration, but the results are very encouraging,” he added.

Last month, Connemara — which has its shares listed on London’s AIM market — reported a pre-tax loss of €397,121 for 2011; up by nearly €100,000 on the previous 12 months. However, it also delivered an upbeat medium-term outlook and said that it has in place “adequate funds” to cover all proposed expenditure for the current year. Connemara is mainly known as a zinc explorer and has a number of such licences in Meath, Cavan, Limerick and Tipperary.

It could begin drilling in Wexford/Wicklow, on its gold prospects, before the end of the year, pending the completion of further geochemical work and mapping to identify targets.

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What locals like about Askamore

As a result of the recent survey undertaken locally by Askamore Muintir na Tíre Community Council Limited (our new official title!) this is a graphic representation of the responses made by locals about Askamore. The bigger the font, the more frequent the comment. Survey responses to "What do you like about Askamore?"

Askamore Community Council – survey

Askamore Community Council – survey
The survey, which will try to find out the opinions of people in the half-parish of Askamore on the various elements of the draft 5-year plan has been distributed to every household within the past few days by members of Askamore Community Council.

The surveys will  be collected by next Monday, January 16th, and the data collated and compiled confidentially to form the basis of the new plan for the area for the next 5 years.

Please fill in the survey and give your honest opinions on the questions, so that we can get a true picture of how the community wants to develop.

The survey may also be left in the postbox of the Activity Centre, behind the Childcare in Askamore.

Askamore 5-year plan survey

Askamore Community Council is in the process of distributing a survey to each of the almost 300 households in the Askamore half-parish area. This is in an attempt to involve as many as possible locally in the future of Askamore.

The 3-page survey includes questions on how locals use the facilities available, such as the hall and the new Activity Centre, and also how they would like to see the area develop in the next 5 years.

Some of the initiatives proposed  are the re-opening of a small shop locally, the development of the garden space behind the church, and the promotion of Askamore and the north Wexford area generally as an area of heritage. People are also being asked to give their own thoughts and comments on any or all aspects covered by the survey.

The survey has been professionally developed by Rural Development Officer Dr. Yvonne Byrne, working with the 17-strong members of the Community Council. Yvonne will collate the confidential responses, and present them publicly later in 2012. These responses will form the basis for the next Askamore 5-year plan.

Members of the Council will distribute and collect the survey in the coming days, as the final date for completing the survey is Monday, January 16th. This is an exciting time for the development of resources locally and it is hoped that there is a strong response to the survey.