JOHN AND MICHAEL GAVIN BROTHERS OLD ELDERLY PEOPLE HILL FARMERS

John Gavin (right) with his brother Michael, crossing the bridge into the "Lost Valley of Doolough" in Co Mayo. Both were small hill farmers scraping out a living from poor land and were led by a mining company (Glencar Explorations and its partner Andaman Explorations) to believe that there may have been gold on their land. John Gavin spoke of mining experts panning the tiny river on his land and carrying away bags of spoil from beneath the water. " They were very interested in that rock there and said it was showing good" pointing to an outcrop of stone beside the stream. "Maybe thay have it in their minds to make millionaires of us all". After this there was international media interest in the brothers possible good fortune. Unfortunately both men died without seeing any benefit from the find as the mining was not proceeded with. 1992.