Another beach has reappeared on Achill Island - only a few months since one was magically washed up by the sands.
The County Mayo island on the Wild Atlantic Way made international headlines back in May after the sea retreated to reveal the pristine sandy white Doonagh Beach that locals had not seen for 33 years.
12 television crews made the trip out to Ireland’s largest offshore island and an estimated 1.16 billion people read about the story online.
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Local man Malcolm Cooney visits the cove every day and said, “Folklore says the sand comes in once every seven years, it has been roughly 12 years since it was last in.
“The last time the sand was in, it was only lasted a year. And before that the last time the sand was in was many, many years.
“I was a young child and it just created some great memories. And I was always bringing down my own children and they’re never seen the sand. I’m looking forward to them having the same memories as I have growing up.”
Seán Molloy, who manages the local Tourist Office, told IrishCentral the beach was in, “a very sheltered bay, it bears the brunt of the Atlantic, it faces west and gets the full might of the [sea].”
The local village nearest to the beach is home to some 70 souls and forms part of the Gaeltacht (Irish language speaking) area of the island.
Many years ago the beach was where fishermen would launch themselves into the sea in order to land a catch to feed their family; but the tide of history has changed the island’s economy and now Achill is far more dependent on tourism.
Since news of the Doonagh beach rippled across the world, the number of tourists visiting the island has increased some 67% Molloy said, adding 79 jobs to the local economy and greatly extending the tourist season with the months of May and September this year as busy as June.
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