– Irish beach reappears after 33 years of rocky plain
A freak tide has returned an Irish beach that disappeared more than 30 years ago off the County Mayo Coast. The Beach, Dooagh Bay on Achill Island, that was left a rocky plain in front of the ocean when it was washed away has been filled up with sand once again.
The Irish Beach which was washed away in 1984, leaving only rocks and rock pools. The locals described the incident that returned the beach as a “Freak Tide”.
It returned after Easter this year, hundreds of tonnes of sand were deposited around the area where the beach once stood, recreating the old 300-metre stretch of golden sand.
During an interview Sean Molloy, manager at Achill Tourism, said local people were delighted to have the beach back.
He said: “Some big storms destroyed the beach. It was completely washed away and 1984 was the last time the beach was there, Then in April we had that cold snap over Easter and the wind was coming from the north. It was steady and must have transported sand in from elsewhere.”
Alan Gielty, who runs a local restaurant, said the reformed beach was attracting a new influx of tourists. “We have a beautiful little village as it is, but it is great to look out and see this beautiful beach instead of just rocks,” he said. “Since people have seen the news of the beach, we have had plenty more visitors from the middle of the country.”
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See Dooagh Bay before the restoration:
See Dooagh Bay after the restoration: