Wicklow-Wexford Mine River

Connemara has acquired Hendrick Resources (Ireland) Limited ("HRI") which brings 12 existing HRI prospecting licences. These, along with the 5 Connemara prospecting licences that were previously in joint venture with HRI comprise a total of 17 licences.  There are two licences to the north of the historic Avoca mine and a contiguous block of 15 licences to the south and west. Though the primary focus is gold, lithium pegmatite targets are being developed associated with the Leinster Granites adjacent to the western margin of the main block and Connemara is reviewing potential targets.

The underlying geology of the licence block consists primarily of Ribband Group metasediments; a distal turbiditic succession of slates, siltstones and sandstones. Lovcal occurences of intermediate to basic volcanic rocks are also noted. On the south-eastern margin of the licence, rocks of the Duncannon Group are present, consitingh of acid, intermediate and basic volcanic rocks with a minor sedimentary component.

The outline of the new Mine River licences are indicated in red

From the Wicklow Gold Rush of 1795 to the present day, gold has and is being discovered in the streams and soils in Wicklow and Wexford.  It is estimated that 7,000 to 9,000 oz of gold were extracted from alluvial gravels in the area of Mines River.  Modern geochemical surveys in streams and soils completed on the block indicate significant strata-bound gold mineralisation associated with the contacts between Ordovician volcanics and metasediments.

Targets generated through extensive stream sampling

The principal trend follows the Caledonian northeast - southwest trend.  The airborne geophysical survey flown by HRI in 2012 (combined with the Tara Exploration survey in 2000) has facilitated the development of a more robust structural model that puts the significant gold occurrences found to date into context.

Primary Target as indicated by Soils and DOB sampling on Total Magnetic Image(from Tara 2000 and HRI 2012 surveys) 

Historic drilling has confirmed mineralisation at a number of targets, including Tombreen and Knockalour, and drilling and trench targets will be extended into the HRI ground. The acquisition has increased the strike length of the primary gold target in Wicklow from around 5kms to 15kms.  Connemara has already established drill and trenching targets for late 2017/early 2018 and is planning an expanded programme along the trend.

The block also 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.



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