Wednesday 24 January 2018

Doonbeg staff wake to find boss is new US leader

Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Ireland in Doonbeg, Co Clare
Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Ireland in Doonbeg, Co Clare
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

The Co Clare village of Doonbeg awoke to the news that the New York billionaire who bought the world-renowned local golf resort was now president-elect of the United States.

For Doonbeg resort managing director Joe Russell it was surreal discovering your boss was now the leader of the free world.

"I think it is a great day for Doonbeg, a great day for Clare and a great day for Ireland," he said.

Doonbeg staff extended their personal congratulations yesterday to Mr Trump on his remarkable victory.

"We had a meeting with everybody earlier this morning and, to be honest, everyone is hugely pumped up by the whole thing. Everybody is delighted for Mr Trump and, of course, for his family who were on that journey with him," Mr Russell said.

"Yesterday I would refer to him as 'Mr Trump', but I suppose from today I will be calling him 'Mr President'. We even knew he was going to run for the presidency a few days before he announced it in the US.

"He has that gentle side - a human side. But he is a no-nonsense kind of man. He says what he is going to do, he will engage with you, he will listen to opinions and then makes a decision. After that, he gets on with it."

Local resident Mort McInerney admitted the result was "a big shock".

Doonbeg Community Development Association chairman John O'Dea said locals were "very excited" at the potential spin-offs.

"Mr Trump invested his money here and did everything with the resort he promised he would," he said.

Tubridy's Pub owner, Bridget Tubridy, said the entire village has seen an increase in business since Mr Trump took over the resort.

Irish Independent

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