The Golden Isle: Ireland may have $10bn of gold deposits
3 January 2014 Last updated at 11:51 GMT
Ireland's prospects have improved following its exit from bailout at the end of 2013, but it still owes the troika - the EU, IMF and European Central Bank - more than 70 billion euros.
Increasingly, the Irish have been examining their own natural resources to see what potential oil, gas and now gold may have in aiding the country's recovery.
After a six year survey, the Tellus project has identified gold in the ground in huge deposits.
Andy Martin reports from County Monaghan.