Gold Diggers

The struggle to find gold in the Monaghan hills is currently tearing Conroy Gold apart. Leanna Byrne and Jack Horgan-Jones report

27th August, 2017
Gold Diggers
Sean Mone at the entrance to Clontibret gold field: ‘This isn’t fool’s gold, now, it’s real’ Picture: Philip Fitzpatrick

To reach Clontibret’s last known mine, which was closed in the 1980s, you climb over a barbed wire gate, wade through a field of grass, keep to the left, over another gate and edge down a mucky slope. There lies a pile of rocks, overgrown with moss and covered by leaves. Pass it by and nobody would blame you. The spot, which sits above a stream, is located between the Gaelic football pitch and the...

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