Plans to reopen Kilkenny mine to create up to 190 jobs
190 new jobs could be on the way to county Kilkenny with the news that a mine closed down close to a decade ago is seeking permission to restart operations.
Shannon Resources Ltd has lodged a planning application with both Kilkenny and Laois county councils looking to recommence mining operations at Galmoy Mines in north county Kilkenny.
Galmoy Mine produced both zinc and lead during its lifetime and is located on the Kilkenny/ Laois border between the village of Galmoy and Rathdowney.
The mine was operational for 15 years, from 1997 to 2012, initially by Arcon International Resources and then by Lundin Mining from 2005.
In their application, Shannon Resources said: “Significant ore reserves remain underground,” and say the mine was closed prematurely.
The mine, if granted permission would create 100 jobs during the construction phase, with a further 90 jobs created in the mining operation.
Shannon Resources believe once operational the mine would have a lifespan of approximately 10 years.