Saturday 21 April 2018

'This is a proud day for Doonbeg ... he has a lot of support here'

Locals watch the inauguration in Tubridy's Bar. Photo: Eamon Ward
Locals watch the inauguration in Tubridy's Bar. Photo: Eamon Ward

Gordon Deegan

Applause rang out across Tommy Tubridy's bar in Doonbeg yesterday as a small group of locals watched Donald Trump being sworn in as the 45th president of the US on a big screen.

Proudly sporting a red 'Make America Great Again' peaked cap, west Clare man Robbie Healy said: "Trump is a very straight talker. He is refreshing. This can only be good for Doonbeg."

The crowd applauded again when Mr Trump was introduced on the TV as the 45th president to the crowds in Washington before making his first speech as president.

One of the 15 locals to go to Tubridy's to watch the inauguration, Paddy Kelly said: "This means a lot. It is a special day for Doonbeg to be so strongly associated with the name Trump and for Mr Trump to become president.

"It is a proud day for the village. Mr Trump has a lot of support here."

A large American flag was draped across the front window of the bar.

Mr Trump bought the golf resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare, in 2014 for a reported €15m.

Irish Independent

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