Sunrise Resources plc, the AIM-quoted diversified mineral exploration and development specialist is pleased to announce the completion of the Company's first drilling programme at its Derryginagh barite project in south west Ireland.

The programme comprised 6 complete holes on 5 separate traverses for a total of 892m of drilling. It has been successful in extending the known barite vein system to approximately 180m vertically below surface, a significant depth below the old workings where the drill intercepts based on visual inspection, have thicknesses in line with shallower historical drill intersections and are visually estimated to be high-grade.

Drill holes on traverses east and west from the old workings showed the main vein to be thin, or absent where tested in this initial programme but, as the vein is known to pinch and swell and be offset by faults, the potential remains for strike extensions in areas not yet tested.

The drill core from the programme has now been sampled and core samples submitted for analysis. Geological logging of the drill core is being completed and results will be evaluated together with down-hole survey data to allow more detailed information to be released after assay results become available later this month.

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