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    Gold Prospecting Ireland "Gold Mine(s) River" south of Dublin

    dear fellow prospectors,
    I live in Germany and we can fly to Dublin round trip for the cost of two six packs of beer. I have heard of the "Gold Mine(s)River" which is located about 1 hour to the south of Dublin. Did anybody of you prospect this river? Is it worth going there? My wife and I go to Dublin once a year for a beer and music long weekend. So we'll be going on 20th-24th February 2019 again. If you go there don't miss the Rural Pub Tours! They take you out into the mountains around Dublin in a small bus visiting some very unique pubs. We've done it 3 times before and are going on the tour again.
    Back to the gold......if it is somehow worth going there I would probably go there late summer when the water is low.
    Thank's for your comments.
    Last edited by Horst; Jan 31, 2019 at 06:16 AM.
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    Here is a PDF with the regulations for recreational panning in Ireland. There are several steps you need to complete before panning, including contacting the land owner. If you find gold you will need to report it and any nuggets over 2 grams have to be turned in to the State.

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    [QUOTE=Clay Diggins;6078049] If you find gold you will need to report it and any nuggets over 2 grams have to be turned in to the State.

    So what is the point to make the effort, if you have to turn over anything over two grams. I suppose they (the state) will probably give you half in cash and the other half to the landowner. Or does a little bit stick to the state's fingers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by old digger View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Clay Diggins View Post
    If you find gold you will need to report it and any nuggets over 2 grams have to be turned in to the State.
    So what is the point to make the effort, if you have to turn over anything over two grams. I suppose they (the state) will probably give you half in cash and the other half to the landowner. Or does a little bit stick to the state's fingers?
    Keep in mind this is recreational "prospecting". There is no intent to make a profit much less a living. The point is to enjoy an afternoon trying to find a few colors in a beautiful Country not known for it's gold production.

    A 2 gram nugget in Ireland would be huge. Large enough to be a national treasure. Way bigger than anyone would reasonably expect from a few hours panning.

    The Irish State owns all gold and silver found so from their point of view they are being very generous. This is true of most countries - they own the minerals and if you are nice and pay enough in fees, fill out enough paperwork and wait long enough you can mine for them.

    The fact that the U.S. is one of the very few countries that understands that the minerals belong to the people, not the State, seems to be lost on most Americans. We spend so much time complaining about government interference we've completely lost sight of the fact that the United States is consistently voted in the top 3 best countries to mine. In fact three U.S. States were in the top 10 world's best places to mine list last year. Nevada, Alaska and Arizona.

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    Last edited by Clay Diggins; Jan 31, 2019 at 12:14 PM.

 

 

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