Dooagh (EON) – An entire beach in Ireland that was washed away 33 years ago has reappeared.
Almost all the villages’ hotels, guesthouses and cafes shut down because all that was left was rocky terrain.
Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sand were dumped on the beach over ten days in April during a freak tide, re-creating a 300m-long beach.
Local people are now hoping for the beach to be given blue-flag status during next year’s inspection.
Sean Molloy, manager at Achill Tourism, said: “Before it disappeared, the beach had been there for as long as living memory, almost continuously, until 1984-85.
“It’s so nice for the villagers to have their beach back.
“It is an incredible example of the force and power of nature and how the coast can change in a matter of days.”
Alan Gielty, 48, the third generation to run the local Gielty’s Bar and Restaurant told the Daily Mail, the beach has brought with it an influx of tourists.
“It disappeared back in the 80s after a very, very bad sea storm. The storms will decimate all the sand. We were just left with rocks.”
“The sand used to come in a little in the Spring but never anywhere near the volume that has this last year.”
The 300 metre long stretch is now a cause for hope for the locals who are keeping their fingers crossed it will be given blue-flag status soon.
This YouTube video from March 2017 shows what the Dooagh beach looked like before the sands arrived.