Ireland: Beach restored as tide moves tonnes of sand over 300m

Tide moves tonnes of sand to restore beach
Tide moves tonnes of sand to restore beach

A beach that washed away 33 years ago by a powerful storm has returned overnight.

The village of Dooagh, northwest Ireland, was left with only rocks after the 1984 storm.

But over Easter a freak tide restored the 300m stretch of sand, transporting hundreds of tonnes from elsewhere.

Local restaurant owner Alan Gielty told The Guardian the area was experiencing a new influx of tourists.

“We have a beautiful little village as it is, but it is great to look out and see this beautiful beach instead of just rocks.

“Since people have seen the news of the beach, we have plenty more visitors from the middle of the country.”

Achill Tourism manager Sean Molloy told The Guardian it’s “enormously significant”, and hopes the area could now return to the tourist spot once it was.

“Achill already has five blue-flag beaches, so we are hoping that in time it will be awarded a sixth.”

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