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Connemara re-commences drilling at Mine River Gold Project

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Connemara Mining Company plc, the Irish gold and zinc exploration company, is pleased to provide an update to shareholders on operations at its 100% owned Mine River Gold Project in Wicklow/Wexford.


Connemara has re-commenced drilling at the Mine River Gold Project, totalling 1000 m over 10 drill holes.

The company has prioritised two targets: at Tombreen (where the company recently reported drilling results of 16.1 g/t gold in Hole 17-TB-01 over 2 m from 78 m depth), and 2.5 km to the southwest at Knocknalour.

Both locations lie along a target trend identified through airborne geophysics, soil and rock geochemical surveys, and historic drilling.

Patrick Cullen, Chief Executive Officer of Connemara, commented: “We are pleased to report drilling has re-commenced at our Mine River Gold Project. We had very encouraging results at the Tombreen Prospect and are looking to build on that. Tombreen and Knocknalour lie along the significant 15 km target trend we have identified at Mine River. With this drilling we want to confirm high grade gold mineralisation while expanding strike-length. We look forward to the results.”

Mine River Gold Project

The Block currently comprises 11 contiguous Prospecting Licences with a total area of approximately 475 km2, located in the counties of Wicklow and Wexford in southeast Ireland. The area was the focus of the Wicklow Gold Rush of 1795 and gold mining continued on a small scale until the mid-1800s.

The company has identified a 15 km long target by combining data from geochemical surveys in streams and soils completed across the Block with results from the airborne geophysical survey flown by Hendrick Resources in 2012 (and combined with the Tara Exploration survey of 2000).

Historic drilling and recent drilling by Connemara has proven gold mineralisation in bedrock. An 8 m intersection from 74 m grading at 4.53 g/t gold (Au) at Tombreen (17-TB-01) has demonstrated substantial mineralised thickness, which includes 2 m from 78m at 16.1 g/t Au. The best reported historical intersection at Tombreen was 50 cm grading at 21.28 g/t Au from 70.7 m (2558-3). Geological data indicates significant strata-bound gold mineralisation is associated with the contacts between Ordovician volcanic rocks and metasedimentary rocks.

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