I’m currently living in Australia and am planning on coming back to Ireland to see Family next year and I would like to bring my metal detector with me to give the beaches near my Mum a go. I know that the detector laws in Ireland (or lack of them) are very restrictive - can anyone advise if there would be any issues in bringing my detector or using it on the beach and if any registration or licensing is required to use one in Ireland?
It is not against the law to buy or own or even use a metal detector in Ireland providing it is done within the law. A licence is only required if you want to search for archaeological objects.
To intentionally search for archaeological objects without a licence is against the law. It is also against the law to metal detect near protected archaeological areas or monuments that may include some parks.
Permits/licences are not generally given to members of the public.
Most public beaches and some public parks are fine for metal detecting without a licence provided the appropriate tools are used and all holes are filled in. Please follow the proper guidelines for the specific areas you are visiting.
The law caters for unexpected archaeological finds but you must be detected within the law when the items are found. You are obliged by law to report suspected archaeological items you find within 96 hours. Contact your local Museum, the National Museum of Ireland, or the Garda Síochána. We advise you to get legal advice before your 96 hours expire to make sure you understand the law and the ramifications.
Access to private land is by permission only without permission you would be trespassing and breaking the law. All land in Ireland belongs to somebody you cannot access the land without permission.
Our members tend to look for modern coins and jewellery, but the hobby is more about getting out for exercise and staying healthy. From time to time individual members may organise charity token hunts for specific charities. This is part of the ethos of our community to reach out to other like-minded people. We also play a big part in keeping our environment clean and safe by removing dangerous metal objects from the land and beaches.
I suggest you join our forum www.theploughzone.com You will also find good information on our youtube channel and our Facebook page.