Irish beach washed away 33 years ago returns overnight

The beach transformed overnight (Sean Molloy/Achill Tourism).
The beach transformed overnight (Sean Molloy/Achill Tourism).

A beach that washed away 33 years ago by a powerful storm has returned overnight.

The village of Dooagh, northwest Ireland, was left with only rocks after the 1984 storm.

But over Easter a freak tide restored the 300m stretch of sand, transporting hundreds of tonnes from elsewhere.

The beach had no sand for 33 years (Sean Molloy/Achill Tourism).
The beach had no sand for 33 years (Sean Molloy/Achill Tourism).
A freak tide brought back hundreds of tonnes of sand (Sean Molloy/Achill Tourism).
A freak tide brought back hundreds of tonnes of sand (Sean Molloy/Achill Tourism).

Local restaurant owner Alan Gielty told The Guardian the area was experiencing 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.

"Since people have seen the news of the beach, we have plenty more visitors from the middle of the country."

Achill Tourism manager Sean Molloy told The Guardian it's "enormously significant", and hopes the area could now return to the tourist spot once it was.

"Achill already has five blue-flag beaches, so we are hoping that in time it will be awarded a sixth."

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