Wednesday 26 July 2017

'It's brought back so many lovely memories' - Amazement as Mayo beach reappears after 33 years

Kathy Armstrong

Locals are over the moon after an idyllic beach reappeared virtually overnight for the first time in 33 years.

The village of Dooagh on Achill island, Co Mayo was devastated when their beach was wiped out in storms in 1984.

Several hotels and guest houses thrived in the area as tourists flocked to the 300 metre beach..

After the storm, it dried up and all that remained were a few rock pools.

Incredibly freak tides last month swept in hundreds of thousands of tons of sand to the area and the beach reappeared again almost overnight.

Tourism chiefs in the area are hoping that the beach will be able to get blue flag status next year and become a tourist attraction once more.

Sean Molloy, manager of Achill Island Tourism , said: "I’ve had lovely messages from people saying they can’t believe the beach is back [which has] brought back so many lovely memories."

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