Mineral Exploration in Ireland

Irish Gold Exploration

In 1795, the discovery of gold nuggets near Woodenbridge in Co. Wicklow precipitated Ireland's only indigenous gold rush. From the gravels of what became known as the Goldmine River, up to 9,000 ounces of gold were recovered, mainly by local people.

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Irish Base Metal Exploration

Ireland is the largest producer of zinc concentrates in Europe and ranks as the 10th largest producer of zinc concentrates in the world, having three operating underground Zn-Pb mines, Navan, Lisheen and Galmoy.

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