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Hunt is on for gold in Ireland's Connemara hills

Excitement is mounting in the Republic of Ireland over the prospect of gold in the Connemara hills.

Connemara Mining has joined forces with a Canadian firm to mount a search for the valuable mineral, over 200 years after a gold rush in the region was sparked by a teacher who found a nugget, in the area along the Wicklow-Wexford border.

A specialised aeroplane yesterday began flying over the region to carry out an airborne magnetic survey, in the hopes of locating the source of the Avoca gold which lead to the gold rush of 1796.

Connemara mining chairman John Teeling told the Irish Daily Mail: “Taking a fresh look at the gold potential in Wicklow-Wexford is long overdue. Adding the results from this sophisticated technology to the extensive gold database held by Connemara offers exciting new prospects in an area known for gold.”

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