Connemara Mining Begin Drilling In Thurles Block


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Irish zinc explorer Connemara Mining stated this morning that it had begun drilling on its three-licenced Thurles block, near the existing Lisheen mine near Moyne, Thurles, in County Tipperary.

The initial programme is for three 300 metre holes, the locations of which have been selected following region

al and detailed geophysics and geological modeling. The holes will be drilled on the northern hanging wall of faults, along the floors of the Littleton Inlier.  The future target is a Lisheen style zinc and lead discovery project.

The company’s chairman Mr John Teeling said: “Zinc in Ireland is a good story.  Our discovery at Stonepark, that of Xstrata and Minco beside us, and reported extensions at the Navan and Lisheen zinc mines combine well, with a strong demand and prices to produce an industry in good health.  Our exploration ground in the Thurles area is sharing many of the characteristics of the nearby Lisheen mine.  We have reviewed all existing data on the licences and conducted detailed geophysics.  As a result we have identified three targets.  This is high risk early stage exploration, but the potential is good.

Connemara Mining Company plc, owner of the Stonepark zinc-lead project near Limerick, was established in 2006, by veterans of the Irish zinc industry, to exploit zinc opportunities in Ireland and currently holds 38 prospecting licences in central and south-west Ireland. Connemara’s licences are for some or all of the base metals (Bm), barite (b), gold (g), silver (s), and platinum group elements (PGE). The Connemara exploration philosophy is trendology and closeology – follow the mineralised trends and obtain ground as close as possible to existing or former zinc/lead mines.


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