A company involved mainly in gold prospecting wants to search for silver among other things in Sligo.

Hidefield Gold Plc, which is based in London, is about to be granted prospecting licences for a number of areas in County Sligo to explore for silver, barytes and base metals. The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has given notice that it intends to grant the company prospecting licences for areas around Strandhill, Rosses Point and north Sligo, mainly around Ben Bulben.

Barytes had been mined from Ben Bulben (on the Gleniff side) at various times from 1858 until 1979. Hidefield Gold is a publicly listed company trading on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange. It is involved in prospecting mainly for gold in North and South America. In the past year it has undertaken significant exploration and drilling projects in Argentina and Alaska. It also has other prospecting interests in Canada and the United States and in Brazil.

The townlands for which licences are being granted are: Ballybeg, Barnasrahy, Carrowbunnaun, Carrowdough, Carrowmore, Cartron (Honaria Duff), Culleenamore, Culleenduff, Drinaghan (ED Knocknarae), Glen, Graigue, Grange East, Grange West, Grange North, Killaspugbrone, Knocknarea North, Knocknarea South, Knocknahur, Lecarrow, Lisheenacoonravan, Lissawully, Luffertan, Larass or Strandhill, Primrosegrange, Rathcarrick, Rathonoragh, rinn, Scarden Beg, Scardon More, Seafield, Sieveroe or Siberia, Templenabree, Tobernaveen, Tully (Ed Knocknarea), Woodpark.

Ballinvoher, Ballyweelin, Carncash, Carney (Jones), Carney (O’Beirne), Cloonderry, Clooneen, Coolbeg, Cregg, Creggyconnell, Cullagh Beg, Cullagh More, Doonierin, Drum East, Drum West, Drumcliff North, Drumcliff South, Drumcliff West, Finned, Kiltycooly, Kintogher, Lisnalurg, Magheragillerneeve or Springfield, Rahaberna, Rosses Lower, Rosses Upper, Shannon Oughter, Teesan, Tully.

Ardnaglass Upper, Ballynagalliagh, Barnarobin, Carrownamaddoo, Cartronmore, Cartronwilliamoge, Clogh, Cloonmull, Cloyragh, Derrylehan, Glencarberry, Gleniff, Gortaderry, Gortadrung, Gortnaleck, Keeloges, Keelty, Lyle, Moneylahan, Moondoge, Oughtagorey, Slievemore or Kingsmountain.

A prospecting licence only entitles the holder to explore for minerals, it dose not authorise them to mine any mineral deposits identified. Maps showing the areas concerned are available for inspection at Sligo Garda Station or through the department’s website

Any objections must be in by Wednesday, October 3.

SOURCE: John Bromley, Sligo Weekender 18.09.07

Image: Alaska State Library photograph PCA 44-3-15 Sourdough in stream panning for gold (Skinner)