The Curraghinalt Mine has to benefit the community. It’s as simple as that. Our commitment includes helping to ensure that communities near our operations are thriving and vibrant.

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Supporting Our Community

The Curraghinalt Mine has to benefit the community. It’s as simple as that. Our commitment includes helping to ensure that communities near our operations are thriving and vibrant. This means working hard to keep the environment around our mine pristine and healthy, as well as contributing to the region’s economy — as an employer, as a customer and as a dependable source of tax revenue. This commitment reflects the values of our company and the people who work here. It is also based on solid business principles.

The projected life of our proposed underground gold mine is at least 20 years. There’s good reason to think it might be longer. To remain successful over that time, we must be a good neighbour and ensure that our presence and our activities have a positive impact.

Read more about how we're supporting the community in West Tyrone and our community funding by the numbers.

The Tyrone Fund

In 2015, Dalradian established the Tyrone Fund. Including funding provided by Dalradian prior to foundation of the Tyrone Fund, we have donated almost £475,000 to a range of community and cultural groups and sporting organisations. Our funding has supported local churches, community and farming associations, schools, sporting clubs and environmental projects.

Tyrone Fund Policy PDF

Tyrone Fund Application (This application is only open during January and June of each year.)

For example, we are proud to support conservation efforts for the freshwater pearl mussel. The mussel populations in the Owenkillew and Owenreagh rivers are two of the six remaining populations in Northern Ireland and are vulnerable to various threats. Since 2012, the local Owenkillew mussel population has benefitted from £45,000 of funding, enabled by Dalradian. This money went into projects to protect the river banks and maintain water quality.

Fresh Water Pearl Mussel

We also facilitated the local Community Development Association’s funding application to the Challenge Fund, in order to create a dedicated space where children and adults can learn about unique local wildlife. These efforts resulted in the Enviro Shed, a space which has been used regularly as a hub to facilitate groups from the locality to learn about all aspects of local flora and fauna and to create a sustainable environment where local species can flourish.

In November 2017, Dalradian submitted a Planning Application to build an underground gold mine. The application includes a commitment to create a larger community fund, which will support projects in West Tyrone that have either a demonstrable social, educational, health or environmental focus. When mining begins, an initial grant of £2 million will be made to the fund, with a further £100,000 to be added each year the mine is operating. The fund will be overseen by an independent committee, formed in consultation with the community.