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Group Eleven Extends Mineralized Footprint by 50m to North at Ballywire Zinc-Lead-Silver Discovery, Reports Additional Germanium Assays and Expands Ground Position at Stonepark

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Group Eleven Extends Mineralized Footprint by 50m to North at Ballywire Zinc-Lead-Silver Discovery, Reports Additional Germanium Assays and Expands Ground Position at Stonepark

 

 

 

 

 

Group Eleven Resources Corp. (TSX-V: ZNG) (OTCBB: GRLVF) (FRA: 3GE) is pleased to announce results from the last hole of the 2023 drill program at the Company’s 100%-owned Ballywire zinc-lead-silver discovery, PG West Project, Republic of Ireland.

 

Highlights

  • G11-3552-04, a 50m step-out north of G11-3552-03, intersected a thick (72.1m) package of mineralization hosting two higher-grade zones:
    • 2.5m of 4.4% Zn+Pb (3.4% Zn and 1.1% Pb) and 21 g/t Ag (starting at a depth of 225.0m) including 0.8m of 6.5% Zn+Pb (4.8% Zn and 1.7% Pb) and 35 g/t Ag, and
    • 2.7m of 3.5% Zn+Pb (1.9% Zn and 1.6% Pb) and 23 g/t Ag (starting at a depth of 253.0m), including 0.4m of 14.2% Zn+Pb (9.6% Zn and 4.6% Pb) and 84 g/t Ag
    • True widths are estimated to be approx. 100% of drilled intervals
    • Mineralization occurs as sphalerite, galena and pyrite and is bedding parallel along and close to the base of the Waulsortian limestone
  • For reference, G11-3552-03 (announced 21-Nov-2023) returned 32.7m of 4.4% Zn+Pb and 37 g/t Ag including 11.2m of 8.9% Zn+Pb and 83 g/t Ag
  • Mineralization between the above two holes is interpreted to be offset by approx. 25m along a steep-dipping fault (which will be used to help locate future drill targets to the east)
  • As announced on 11-Jan-2024, two drill rigs have been mobilized to test gravity anomalies at Ballywire; drilling is progressing well and on schedule
  • In addition to the above, the Company reports further elevated germanium grades from re-assay of previously announced high-grade Zn-Pb-Ag mineralized intervals
  • A new licence was awarded to the Stonepark Joint Venture (76.56% owned by Group Eleven)

 

“It’s great to see the footprint of our Ballywire discovery continue to increase, especially as two rigs recently re-started drilling on the project,” stated Bart Jaworski, CEO. “Demonstrating the scale potential of the mineralizing system, the strike-length of known high-grade mineralization has recently increased by 29% or 160m to the east from 550m to 710m. Including a massive sulphide intercept from 1997, we have 1.7 kilometres of strike-length over which robust mineralization has been intercepted. Gravity-high anomalies on either side of the discovery area have yet to be drilled and indicate a prospective trend of about 6 kilometres. We very much look forward to systematically drill testing these anomalies over the coming months.”

 

Last Hole from 2023 Drill Campaign at Ballywire

 

The Ballywire prospect at the Company’s 100%-owned PG West Project in Republic of Ireland, is a new zinc-lead-silver discovery (announced Sept-2022). In addition to 20 holes drilled and reported by Group Eleven to date, the final step-out hole (G11-3552-04) of the 2023 program is reported today. This hole steps out 50m to the north from previously known mineralization (see Exhibits 1, 2 and 4).

 

For reference, G11-3552-03 (announced 21-Nov-2023) returned 32.7m of 4.4% Zn+Pb and 37 g/t Ag including 11.2m of 8.9% Zn+Pb and 83 g/t Ag. Mineralization in the G11-3552-03 and -04 is interpreted to be offset by approx. 25m along a steep-dipping fault (see Exhibit 2). This fault may help in the vectoring of drill targets towards the east.

 

Exhibit 3. Summary of Assays from Last Hole (G11-3552-04) of 2023 Drill Program at Ballywire

 

Item From (m) To (m) Int (m) Zn (%) Pb (%) Zn+Pb (%) Ag (g/t)
190.65 262.72 72.07 0.65 0.26 0.91 4.9
Incl. 214.03 214.90 0.87 3.15 1.04 4.19 34.4
And 224.95 227.40 2.45 3.36 1.06 4.43 21.4
Incl. 224.95 226.51 1.56 4.00 1.52 5.52 31.0
Incl. 224.95 225.77 0.82 4.84 1.69 6.53 34.6
And 231.21 232.09 0.88 4.07 0.33 4.40 6.3
And 250.22 260.89 10.67 0.98 0.89 1.87 12.9
Incl. 253.98 260.89 6.91 0.96 1.25 2.21 17.7
Incl. 250.22 254.82 4.60 1.80 0.90 2.70 13.1
Incl. 251.17 254.82 3.65 1.79 1.04 2.83 15.0
Incl. 253.01 255.66 2.65 1.88 1.61 3.49 22.8
Incl. 253.98 254.82 0.84 5.37 3.84 9.21 53.5
Incl. 253.98 254.39 0.41 9.62 4.55 14.17 83.9
Note: True width as a percentage of drilled intercept is approximately 100%

 

The above drill hole is located north of the high-grade trend associated with the recently announced ‘C1’ gravity-high anomaly (see news release dated 17-Oct-2023; see Exhibit 4). Anomalies ‘B’, ‘C2’ and ‘C3’ have not yet been drilled and are the focus of drill testing on the current (2024) drill campaign.

 

In addition to the above, the Company recently selected several high-grade intervals from the Company’s Ballywire drilling to test for germanium (using lithium borate fusion assay). The new assays returned elevated germanium (Ge) levels, broadly similar to those previously reported (see Exhibit 5). With Ge trading at nearly twice that of silver (approx. US$41/oz vs silver at US$23/oz) and deemed a critical raw material by the European Union, these elevated Ge levels along with elevated silver grades bode well for the future strategic value at Ballywire.

 

Exhibit 5. Summary of New and Previous Ge Assays from Recent Drill Holes at Ballywire

 

Item Hole ID From
(m)
To

(m)

Int
(m)
Zn

(%)

Pb

(%)

Zn+Pb

(%)

Ag

(g/t)

Ge

(g/t)

Prev G11-468-01 312.70 316.00 3.30 10.11 2.38 12.48 48.3 26.5
Prev G11-468-03 228.20 228.57 0.37 21.40 3.76 25.16 171.0 26.2
Prev 229.31 229.87 0.56 32.70 13.70 46.40 632.0 63.2
Prev 251.65 254.60 2.95 4.42 2.89 7.32 104.1 10.3
Prev 256.45 258.50 2.05 30.52 10.26 40.78 384.7 47.8
Prev G11-468-06 292.00 292.28 0.28 17.80 1.76 19.56 67.6 38.0
Prev 292.78 292.90 0.12 13.65 1.09 14.74 39.4 26.5
Prev 297.70 297.80 0.10 24.30 1.13 25.43 60.1 70.7
Prev 298.15 298.55 0.40 15.95 4.83 20.78 97.0 34.3
New 304.60 307.08 2.48 20.41 8.75 29.16 160.0 19.3
New 346.34 346.66 0.32 2.55 40.20 42.75 187.0 3.5
New G11-468-10 400.17 400.46 0.29 3.07 2.40 5.47 83.0 1.7
New G11-468-11 258.31 261.30 2.99 0.05 0.05 0.10 24.5 0.3
New G11-468-12 266.36 270.68 4.32 5.59 3.17 8.76 148.8 12.4
New Incl. 266.36 267.13 0.77 9.14 1.60 10.74 40.9 24.4
New And 269.00 269.57 0.57 13.95 1.70 15.65 45.8 25.1
New 292.00 295.14 3.14 10.81 11.99 22.81 510.0 10.1
New G11-468-13 264.45 265.20 0.75 11.25 2.43 13.68 57.6 15.8
New 272.05 273.27 1.22 10.67 11.50 22.16 107.8 7.4
New 281.08 281.60 0.52 15.05 0.99 16.04 63.2 6.6
New G11-468-15 272.38 272.57 0.19 11.35 10.85 22.20 199.0 11.4
New 273.26 273.80 0.54 8.16 23.30 31.46 170.0 10.5
New G11-3552-03 218.76 219.20 0.44 13.65 8.49 22.14 93.9 8.9
New 280.56 281.29 0.73 31.40 7.25 38.65 160.0 24.4
New 285.12 286.05 0.93 8.20 8.87 17.07 81.9 6.5
New 291.62 291.80 0.18 24.00 3.12 27.12 397.0 12.4
Note: True width as a percentage of drilled intercept is: 90-100% for G11-468-11, G11-468-12, G11-468-13, G11-468-15 and
G11-3552-03; 80-100% for G11-468-03; 80-85% for G11-468-01; 75-90% for G11-468-06; and 50-70% for G11-468-10; “Prev”
means previously announced Ge results; “New” means includes Ge assays announced today; Note all above Zn, Pb, Zn+Pb
and Ag results have been previously announced

 

New Prospecting Licence at Stonepark and Background Information on Ballywire Discovery

 

Ballywire is located in the SE portion of the Company’s 100%-owned PG West Project, Republic of Ireland (see Exhibit 6). PG West, including the nearby Tullacondra prospect, covers an area of 650km2 and is contiguous with the Company’s Stonepark project (covering 184km2; 76.56% interest). Ballywire is located approximately 20km SE of Glencore’s Pallas Green deposit (Mineral Resource Estimate of 45 mln tonnes of 7.2% Zn and 1.2% Pb, Inferred (Glencore, 31-Dec-2022)) and approximately 50km SW of the historic Lisheen zinc mine (closed in 2015). Geologically, Ballywire is situated at the intersection of the SW projection of the Rathdowney Trend, hosting the past-producing Lisheen and Galmoy zinc mines, and the Pallas Green Corridor, which hosts the undeveloped Pallas Green deposit. Historic drilling at the Ballywire prospect was sparse, last being worked in 2008. Group Eleven staked the prospect in 2016 and announced the discovery in September 2022.

 

The Company recently applied for and was subsequently awarded a prospecting licence (PL3824; see Exhibit 6), located within the Stonepark Project (76.56% Group Eleven, 23.44% Arkle Resources PLC). The licence is underlain by the interpreted SW continuation of the prospective Coonagh Castle Fault.

 

Notes to Exhibit 6: (a) Pallas Green MRE is owned by Glencore (see Glencore’s Resources and Reserves Report dated December 31, 2022); (b) Stonepark MRE: see the ‘NI 43-101 Independent Report on the Zinc-Lead Exploration Project at Stonepark, County Limerick, Ireland’, by Gordon, Kelly and van Lente, with an effective date of April 26, 2018, as found on SEDAR; and (c) the historic estimate at Denison was reported by Westland Exploration Limited in ‘Report on Prospecting Licence 464’ by Dermot Hughes dated May, 1988; the historic estimate at Gortdrum was reported in ‘The Geology and Genesis of the Gortdrum Cu-Ag-Hg Orebody’ by G.M. Steed dated 1986; and the historic estimate at Tullacondra was first reported by Munster Base Metals Ltd in ‘Report on Mallow Property’ by David Wilbur, dated December 1973; and later summarized in ‘Cu-Ag Mineralization at Tullacondra, Mallow, Co. Cork’ by Wilbur and Carter in 1986; the above three historic estimates have not been verified as current mineral resources; none of the key assumptions, parameters and methods used to prepare the historic estimates were reported and no resource categories were used; significant data compilation, re-drilling and data verification may be required by a Qualified Person before the historic estimates can be verified and upgraded to be compliant with current NI 43-101 standards; a Qualified Person has not done sufficient work to classify them as a current mineral resource and the Company is not treating the historic estimates as current mineral resources. ‘Rathdowney Trend’ is the south-westerly projection of the Rathdowney Trend, hosting the historic Lisheen and Galmoy mines.

 

Qualified Person

 

Technical information in this news release has been approved by Professor Garth Earls, Eur Geol, P.Geo, FSEG, geological consultant at IGS (International Geoscience Services) Limited, and independent ‘Qualified Person’ as defined under Canadian National Instrument 43-101.

 

Quality Assurance/Quality Control Information

 

Group Eleven inserts certified reference materials as well as blank material, to its sample stream as part of its industry-standard QA/QC programme. The QC results have been reviewed by the Qualified Person, who is satisfied that all the results are within acceptable parameters. The Qualified Person has validated the sampling and chain of custody protocols used by Group Eleven.

 

About Group Eleven Resources

 

Group Eleven Resources Corp. is a mineral exploration company focused on advanced stage zinc exploration in the Republic of Ireland. Group Eleven announced the Ballywire discovery in September 2022. Key intercepts to date include: (i) 3.3m of 12.5% Zn+Pb and 48 g/t Ag (G11-468-01), (ii) 10.8m of 10.0% Zn+Pb and 109 g/t Ag (G11-468-03); (iii) 10.1m of 8.6% Zn+Pb and 46 g/t Ag (G11-468-06); and (iv) 10.5m of 14.7% Zn+Pb, 399 g/t Ag and 0.31% Cu (G11-468-12). The Company’s two largest shareholders are Glencore Canada Corp. (18.2% interest) and Michael Gentile (15.0%).

 

 

Exhibit 1. Plan View of Last Step-Out Hole of 2023 Drill Program at Ballywire (CNW Group/Group Eleven Resources Corp.)

 

 

 


Exhibit 2. Cross-Section of Last Step-Out Hole of 2023 Drill Program at Ballywire (CNW Group/Group Eleven Resources Corp.)

 

 

 


Exhibit 4. Plan Map of Last Hole of 2023 Program vs. Gravity-High Anomalies at Ballywire (CNW Group/Group Eleven Resources Corp.)

 

 

 


Exhibit 6. Regional Map of PG West (100% Interest) and Stonepark (76.56% Interest) Projects (CNW Group/Group Eleven Resources Corp.)

 

Posted January 30, 2024

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