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There's gold in them there Inishowen hills 25.10.13

THERE'S gold in them there Inishowen hills, according to a new survey of border counties.
Gold occurrences have previously been found in Glentogher and Glencolumbkille but a number of new Co Donegal locations have now been identified including several areas of the Inishowen Peninsula and Termon.
The results are in the Tellus Border Project – an EU-funded mapping project which involved the collection of scientific data on soils, waters and rocks across the border counties of Ireland. The report, highlighting "anomalous gold concentrations", was published yesterday at the project’s 'Results and Research' conference.
Minister Fergus O’Dowd joins geologist Kate Knights to launch the new gold map resulting from the significant Tellus Border survey at the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology Exhibition.
Amongst the most significant results from the project was the gold map which is the most extensive dataset of gold in regional stream sediments completed in Ireland to date.
Minister for Natural Resources, Fergus O’Dowd today commended “both the world-class science and the cross-border partnerships that underpinned the project".
“I am delighted that this new dataset is available and its results will assist mineral exploration in the border county region," said Mr O'Dowd.
“Following the Tellus Survey (2004-07), which produced a gold map for Northern Ireland, mineral exploration licence applications increased significantly and it is now estimated that £32 million has been stimulated in inward investment to the Northern Irish economy.
“Since preliminary data from the Tellus Border project was released in February 2013, the border region of Ireland has seen an increase in prospecting licence applications, with a committed spend of up to €1m over a six year period in the Irish economy if the applications are successful," he added.
Managed jointly by the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, Tellus Border is one of the most significant mapping projects ever to take place in Ireland and, in conjunction with its forerunner, Tellus, covering Northern Ireland, makes the region one of the most surveyed on the planet.
Meanwhile, along with previously known high radon risk areas in Co Sligo, new areas of potential risk were identified in parts of Co Donegal and Monaghan.
The survey results are available free of charge to view and download from the Tellus Border website www.tellusborder.eu .
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