A government report “Land of Mineral Opportunities (2006)” describes Irelands Geological structure and the wealth contained within our land area. including Lead, Zinc, and Gold deposits which are the property of the Irish people.
Source; The Dept. Of Communication, the Marine and Natural Resources.
Ireland has a widely varied geological framework, ranging from Ancient to the Present, that includes a number of mineral provinces endowed with a diverse range of base and precious metals as well as industrial mineral deposits. Mining in Ireland dates back to the Bronze Age (2000-400 B.C.). Over the last 40 years a string of significant base metal discoveries were made, (including the giant ore deposit at Tara Mines). Ireland now ranks, in terms of tonnes of ore discovered per square kilometre,
- First in the world, for zinc ore production,
- Second in the world for lead ore production.
Lead Ireland supplies 12% of the worlds lead ore, none of which is processed in Ireland
Zinc Ireland supplies 35% of Europe’s zinc ore, none of which is processed in Ireland.
Lead and Zinc Mining In Ireland.
Tara Mines; (owned by Boliden Plc) At the Tara mine, which was acquired by Boliden in early 2004, production has been under way since 1977. Over the years, more than 70 million tonnes of ore have been mined. Approximately 2.6 million tonnes of ore for zinc and lead concentrate production is mined and concentrated every year.
The Lisheen Mine; ( owned by Vedanta Resources plc. ) The Lisheen Mine is situated in county Tipperary in the heart of the Irish Midlands. The Mine is now in its second decade of operations and is currently one of the largest producers of Zinc concentrates in Europe.
Galmoy Mines; The Galmoy Mines near Kilkenny are almost depleted and is currently being wound down. It would be interesting to know how much revenue the Irish taxpayer received from this once very profitable mining resource.
Gold Mining in Ireland:
Clontibret Mines; (owned by Prof Richard Conroy ) At the Clontibret mines in Monaghan / Cavan, currently operated by Conroy Diamonds and Gold, a find of between 15 to 20 Million ounces of Gold, which at nearly $ 1500 an ounce is worth up to $ 30 Billion dollars in value. There is a long history of gold mining in Ireland. It is possible we are sitting on hundreds of billions of euro worth of gold. Using modern exploration tools it should be possible to recover this vast wealth.