Drilling re­veals veins of gold in the south

Au­gust 1998

Bray People - - NEWS -

VEINS of gold have again been dis­cov­ered in south Wick­low af­ter Irish Ma­rine Oil re­leased de­tails of their lat­est ex­plo­ration. The south Wick­low dis­cov­er­ies were made in the Tom­bre­ane area from two holes drilled. But at this stage it is un­likely that the south Wick­low finds will bring an­other El Do­rado sit­u­a­tion to the area as was the case when gold was first dis­cov­ered in Avoca.

The gold finds so far at Tom­bre­ane at 0.41 grammes per tonne of soil is way below what is needed for a com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion. IMO chair­man John Teel­ing said that seven grammes of gold per tonne is what is nor­mally sought for a com­mer­cial gold mine.

How­ever, it is now be­lieved that the gold oc­curs in a se­ries of veins over a wide zone in the Tom­bre­ane area. But Irish Ma­rine Oil’s ex­plo­ration fig­ures for the north Wex­ford area are much more golden. IMO, who have been drilling in the north Wex­ford/south Wick­low area since 1993, have dis­cov­ered a vein near the sur­face at Kilmichael which yielded 18.24 grammes of gold per tonne of soil, while an­other drill hole pro­duced a yield of 35.05 grammes per tonne.

At Knock­nalour, 19.95 grammes per tonne were en­coun­tered in one hole, while an­other yielded 10.45.

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