Dooagh beach reappears in Ireland after 30 years

Dooagh Beach on Achill Island, a popular Irish tourist spot, was believed gone for years.

During fierce spring storms in 1984, the sandy beach was reclaimed by the ocean, and was feared to be lost forever.

Last month, however, something rather magical took place.

Tonnes of sand were deposited over a 10 day period, resulting in the restoration of the once-sandy beach.

Here’s what Dooagh Beach looked like for the last 30 years or so.

Dooagh Beach before the recent storm. (Pic: Achill Island Tourism)

And here’s what it looks like now.

Dooagh 2


Just a slight change!

Both locals and tourists are delighted, especially given the recent sunny weather that Ireland has been experiencing.

In an interview with Independent.ieAlan Gielty, owner of the local Gielty’s Bar and Restaurant said he has seen a rise in people coming to the area in recent weeks.

“There’s a lot of people coming in to see it now. I’ve a little coffee shop here and since the news broke there’s people calling every day to see the beach,” Mr Gielty said.”

Mr Gielty is the third generation to run the bar and he spoke about the disappearance of the beach over 30 years ago.

“We were always here as a pub. There is a beautiful beach, Keem Bay, which is three miles away from us and that’s where all the people would go. The beach would’ve been nice to have.”

Colin J McCracken

Colin J McCracken is a content designer, editor and writer from Ireland. Giving form and function to the My Good Planet vision, it has been his role to design and develop the online platform, content and presence of the project.

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