Erris Resources has started surface diamond drilling at the south end of its Abbeytown zinc project in County Sligo, Ireland.

Through the drilling programme, the company will test for potential extensions of zinc-lead-silver-copper mineralisation extending south from the old workings at the Abbeytown Mine.

Erris has gained access to the old underground workings by clearing and opening access portals at the mine.

“We are excited to have started brownfields exploration in and around the old Abbeytown Mine and surrounding targets.”

Additionally, planning is in progress for an underground mine exploration programme that comprises 3D laser surveying, systematic channel sampling, as well as underground diamond drilling.

Erris Resources CEO Merlin Marr-Johnson said: “We are excited to have started brownfields exploration in and around the old Abbeytown Mine and surrounding targets.”

Marr-Johnson noted that the 1,000m underground drill programme, which is part of the 4,500-5,000m drilling plan for the wider Abbeytown project area this year, will target mineralisation at depth and to the south of the historic workings.

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He added: “In parallel, surface drilling recently began 300m south of the mine, targeting the extensions to the mineralisation previously mined.

“The programme hopes to define mineralisation both from surface and from underground with the aim of delivering a new mineral resource that could eventually be accessible from the existing underground portal and decline.”

The company will focus on the Abbeytown zinc project after early stage drilling results from its Skreen project, which is located 15km west of the Abbeytown prospect. Drilling at Skreen showed the presence of mineralisation within the target area but not of economic potential.