Tuesday 24 April 2018

Trump plans 3km boulder wall to protect Doonbeg from erosion

Donald Trump wants to put boulders along the beach to protect Doonbeg Golf Course from winter storms.
Donald Trump wants to put boulders along the beach to protect Doonbeg Golf Course from winter storms.
Donald Trump

Gordon Deegan

Billionaire businessman, Donald Trump wants to place thousands of tonnes of boulders along a stretch of the Irish Atlantic coast to stop the ocean blowing away his Doonbeg links course.

The luxury Doonbeg Golf Resort in Co Clare is to seek planning permission to put 200,000 tonnes of large boulders along a 2.8km stretch at Doughmore beach to prevent further erosion of the course.

During last year's two winter storms, the golf course suffered substantial damage at its 6th, 9th and 10th holes.

The storms washed away up to 10 metres of dunes from along the entire beach.

The resort warned that if the coastal protection, to be located at the toe of the sand dunes, is not in place it could lose up to 100 metres of ground in certain places before 2050.

On his first trip to Ireland last year as owner of the Doonbeg resort, Mr Trump promised an investment of €45m in the resort.

However, that investment will not happen without the coastal protection plan getting the go-ahead.

In a statement yesterday, the golf resort said the expansion of facilities at the resort, including additional accommodation, leisure facilities and a banquet hall, are being considered.

However, the resort warned that the realisation of these plans "is dependent on the provision of adequate protection from coastal erosion".

Yesterday, the golf club mounted a public exhibition of the planned works at the nearby community hall in Doonbeg for locals and others to view the plans. The exhibition will continue today.

The plans show that the height of the coastal protection works, at 4 to 5 metres above the beach, will not be higher than the height of the existing cobble bank that faces on to the beach.

The plan is for the existing cobble bank to be excavated and the boulders placed on top, with no change to the overall height.

The resort points out that similar coastal protection schemes have taken place at beaches facing on to Tralee, Waterville and Lahinch golf courses, where similar ecological designations apply.

An environmental impact statement in relation to the plan is currently being completed and plans are expected to be lodged with Clare County Council before the end of the year. The resort hopes that construction work will begin next summer.

The works will not have any impact on the protected Vertigo Angustior snail which has been found at the resort.

Irish Independent

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