Trump to touch down in flying palace for visit to €15m Doonbeg golf resort
Published 10/05/2014 | 08:39
He pledged to bring the Trump factor to Ireland.
And on Monday morning, high-flying billionaire Donald Trump (67) will deliver on his promise as he touches down on Irish soil.
The Herald can reveal that the flamboyant figure will be here to visit his €15m Doonbeg golf resort, four months after buying it.
And true to his lavish style, he'll be arriving at Shannon Airport aboard his $100m (€72m) Boeing 757 flying palace.
There will be no missing him either -- the private jet comes emblazoned with his Trump logo on the side and has gold seatbelts, a gourmet kitchen and a master bedroom.
It will be a family affair for the American Apprentice boss as he will be accompanied by his sons Donald Jnr and Eric and daughter Ivanka.
A huge crowd is expected for his brief visit as he meets the Irish media for the first time and details his plans for the luxury golf and hotel resort.
Details of the trip are being kept under wraps, but a local source said he is expected to stay for at least one night.
He also hopes to fit in a round of golf, given that his visit coincides with the 4th Great Irish Links Challenge.
Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. pictured in 2007. Photo: Getty
Trump's sons met with Shannon Airport representatives when they visited New York recently following the launch of new direct flights.
It was thanks to Donald Jnr that Trump originally bought Doonbeg last February.
Trump's son "fell in love" with the venue two years ago when he visited it during an international tour.
"After seeing Doonbeg, I recall calling my father and afterwards thinking when I got back, 'This is something that is really a Trump-type development'," he said.
"Of the two dozen places we saw, this was the only one that resonated with me as being incredible."