The Company maintains a small but focussed ground position in Ireland, consisting of 7 prospecting licences covering ~209 sqkm across two projects. Across the individual project areas, the company has endeavoured to use a novel “fresh eyes” approach on the peripheries of traditional orefields.
Co. Cork & Co. Waterford
Exploration started in January 2019. Regional soils and rockchip sampling, mapping, palaeofossil dating and lithogeochemistry carried out to date.
Exploration started in August 2019. Desktop anaylsis, regional soils and rockchip sampling carried out to date.
The projects are located within/proximal to Palaeozoic-Age Metallogenic Provinces; the Munster Basin (Upper Palaeozoic) and the Longford-Down Massif (Lower Palaeozoic).
The Munster Basin is composed of Devonian terrestrial clastics with minor volcanics overlain by Carboniferous marine sandstones and shales with subordinate carbonates. Major folding and strike-slip faulting took place during the Variscan Orogeny. Vein-hosted Cu and barite are amongst a variety of mineral deposits worked in the past. The Devonian sequences are thought to contain potential palaeoplacer Au targets, while shale/carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb mineralization has recently been discovered in the Carboniferous strata.
The Longford-Down Massif is a geological zone that trends NE-SW from County Longford in the Republic of Ireland to County Down in Northern Ireland. The zone is bisected by the Orlock-Bridge Fault, splitting the region into two distinct stratigraphic units. To the north of the fault Ordovician argillaceous sediments dominate, whereas to the south Mid-Ordovician to early Silurian greywackes primarily composed of andesitic detritus dominate. Three principal groups of metallic mineral deposits occur in the Longford-Down inlier: Epigenetic vein deposits, mainly composed of Pb-Zn, but also including Sb-As-Au. A number of these vein deposits have been exploited historically. Stratiform manganiferous Fe-deposits of probable volcano-sedimentary origin. Several of these deposits were worked during the late-19th century. Minor porphyry copper type Cu-Mo mineralization associated with small granodiorite intrusions.