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Irish beach reappears 33 years after being washed away (Video)

Sun Online Desk     9th May, 2017 01:33:37 printer

Irish beach reappears 33 years after being washed away (Video)

A beach that was washed away by storms more than 30 years ago has reappeared off the west coast of Ireland, CNN reports.

 

The sands at Dooagh on County Mayo's Achill Island vanished in the winter of 1984, leaving nothing but bare rock and rock pools.

 

But over the course of a few days in April 2017 the Atlantic returned what it had stolen, depositing thousands of tons of sand and creating a brand new 300-meter golden strand.

 

The storms of 1984 "completely took every last grain of sand off the beach," Sean Molloy of Achill Tourism tells CNN.

 

But last month, "in the space of about eight or 10 days, these very strong winds came from the north," he explains.

 

"Apparently what that does is, it blows the surface water back, because this is a south-facing beach. The sea then takes the sands underneath and brings the sands up.

That's what I've been told."

 

This YouTube video from March 2017 shows what the beach looked like before the sands arrived.

Achill is Ireland's largest island and its 57 square miles of rolling bogland, dramatic cliffs and pristine -- if windswept -- beaches have inspired writers including Graham Greene and Heinrich Boll.

 

With a population of fewer than 3,000, the main economy is tourism and the arrival of the new beach has given things an unexpected boost.


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