Mineral explorer Connemara Mining has announced "encouraging" results of the second phase of a gold-exploration programme in Inishowen, Donegal.
Connemara chairman John Teeling said the indicators "remain positive".
"We continue to make progress...It is very early days in what could be a long exploration programme but the indicators continue to remain positive. The next stage, the plans for which are being drafted, will involve trenching to identify the nature of the gold bearing ore. Phase 3 will commence later in 2015," he said.
The second phase of the exploration involved a soil sampling programme which covered 700 sq. m of ground, and encompassing the area which contained most of the rocks containing high gold grades found in an earlier exploration programme.
The company found grades up to 0.46 grams per tonne, and identified an area for trenching which will be the focus of the next phase of the project.