Miracle: Beach reappears 33 years after being washed away

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An Irish beach that disappeared more than 30 years ago has returned to an island off the County Mayo coast.

 

The sand at Dooagh, Achill Island, was washed away by storms in 1984, leaving only rocks and rock pools.

But after a freak tide around Easter this year, hundreds of tonnes of sand were deposited around the area where the beach once stood, recreating the old 300-metre stretch of golden sand, said 

 

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.

 

Recalling the events of 1984, he said: “Some big storms destroyed the beach. It was completely washed away and 1984 was the last time the beach was there.Alan Gielty, who runs a local restaurant, said the reformed beach was attracting a new influx of tourists.

Beach Achill

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“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,” he said.

“Since people have seen the news of the beach, we have had plenty more visitors from the middle of the country.” Achill Island is a remote, rugged and unspoilt peninsula in the west of Ireland. Its most famous inhabitant was Heinrich Böll, the German anti-Nazi Nobel prize-winning writer, who lived on the island in the 1950s and 60s.

His former cottage has been transformed into a retreat for writers and a place where Böll fans pay homage.

 

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