Prospective Drilling Begins for Thurles Mine

The prospect of a second major mining project bonanza just outside Thurles is currently being explored with high hopes of a Lisheen type lead and zinc discovery close to Littleton.

The prospect of a second major mining project bonanza just outside Thurles is currently being explored with high hopes of a Lisheen type lead and zinc discovery close to Littleton.

Connemara Mining, the Irish AIM listed zinc explorer, has announced that drilling has begun on their three licence Thurles block near the Lisheen zinc mine. The initial programme will consist of three 300 metre holes. The locations of the holes were selected following regional and detailed geophysics and geological modelling.

The Tipperary Star understands that the holes will be drilled on the northern hanging wall of faults along the floors of the Littleton Inlier. The target is a lucrative Lisheen type zinc / lead discovery.

Mr John Teeling, Chairman of Connemara Mining, said this week, “Our ground in the Thurles area is prospective, 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.

“Zinc in Ireland is a good story. Our discovery at Stonepark, that of Xstrata / Minco beside us, and reported extensions at the Navan and Lisheen zinc mines, combine well with strong demand and prices to produce an industry in good health,” Mr Teeling said.

The Lisheen Mine, although nearing the end of it’s run, has been a major employer in the locality and has contributed millions of Euro to the local economy in terms of wages, spin off industries, infrastructure etc. The industry has changed the face of the greater Moyne and Templetuohy parishes as well as much of the landscape of the surrounding areas with the current, recently constructed windfarm also having a major impact.

The Connemara Mining development, should it be successful, could also have the potential to create hundreds of jobs and would link into an area well in tune with the whole mining industry. Add to this, the prospect of the Tipperary Venue getting the go ahead in nearbyTwo-Mile-Borris and the future would seem to be very bright indeed for the region - the Oral Hearing for The Tipperary Venue commences in the Horse and Jockey Inn on Tuesday next and is expected to continue for a number of days.