A relative newbie here, both to Ireland and metal detecting.
I have moved over from the UK where my daughter and I used to search the local fields at the weekend in hopes of treasure. Never much luck but lots of agricultural bits and bobs which, despite having no value, were always fun to find and figure out what they were.
Would love to do some beach combing here now we live near the coast but I have read the laws and have doubts so we haven't been.
Am I correct to say its OK as long as no designated national monument is close?
In Ireland, the word "treasure" instantly conjures images of antiquities.
We get what you're saying, but the general public tends to draw their own conclusions.
Check out our FAQ area for some helpful answers to frequently asked questions that may be of assistance to you.
In Ireland, it is never a good idea to reveal your finds to total strangers because you never know who they are or what their intentions are.
Many laws have been purposefully written with ambiguous language and confusing structures in order to deter potential lawbreakers. Again, we all agree that policies that benefit all facets of our society must protect our Irish history.
We detect legally, which means we don't poke around for artefacts in protected spaces or go into monuments. It's important to be mindful that if someone ever asks what you're looking for again, showing outsiders your results could result in a variety of issues.
This is a succinct summary of our position on searching. Keep in mind that, in terms of the law, the words you use and your intent matter a lot (see our ID Card language).
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 appropriate guidelines for the specific areas you are visiting.
The law caters for unexpected archaeological finds but you must be detecting 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 or 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 way it works.
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 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.