Hello all. I'm Andrew and thinking of buying first metal detector. Looking at a minelab vanquish 440. Also been looking at the laws and seeing conflicting arguments some say its completely illegal other say different. What's the deal if using it on own property or beach aslong as dont go near protected places?
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.
Permits / licences are not generally given to members of the public.
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.
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. It would be wise to get advice from our forum from members if you have any doubts about the legality of detecting any area.
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 it without permission.
Our members tend to look for modern coins and jewellery, but the hobby is more about getting out for exercise and taking part in our token hunts and making new friends. We also play a big part in keeping our environment clean and safe by removing dangerous metal objects from land and beaches.