There’s gold in them thar hills: Mining firm restarts operations in Wicklow
There’s gold in them thar hills, or so a leading mining company believes about the Wicklow Mountains.
Gold explorer Arkle Resources, formerly Connemara Mining, says work has begun again at its Mine River site, which is just south of Carnew on the Wicklow and Wexford border.
“The long detailed review of our gold projects using fresh eyes and ideas concluded at a good time for gold,” founder John Teeling said, the Irish Times reoprts.
“Our fieldwork has started as gold prices soar over $2,000 an ounce. There is gold in Mine River and in Inishowen. This latest work will identify where best to trench and drill,” he said.
In Mine River, Wicklow, the company intends to extend the soil sampling programme east along the gold trend with over 3,000 samples planned in a tight grid of 20-metre by 100-metre spacing.
In 1795, the largest single piece of gold ever found in Ireland or Britain – a 682g rock dubbed the ‘Wicklow Nugget’ – was found in a stream on the east Irish coast.
A cast of this rock is on display in the Natural History Museum in London and between 1795 and 1830, around 8,000 ounces of gold were mined in the Wicklow Mountains.