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Irish beach 'reappears overnight' in freak tide - 33 years after being washed away

How the beach looks now Credit: SWNS

An entire Irish beach that was washed away 33 years ago has reappeared - virtually overnight thanks to a freak tide.

The beach near the village of Dooagh, on Achill Island, vanished in storms in 1984 when waves washed away all the sand.

Almost all the villages' hotels, guesthouses and cafes shut down because all that was left was rocky terrain.

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sand were dumped on the beach over ten days in April during a freak tide, re-creating a 300m-long beach.

Local people are now hoping for the beach to be given blue-flag status during next year's inspection.

Sean Molloy, manager at Achill Tourism, said: "Before it disappeared, the beach had been there for as long as living memory, almost continuously, until 1984-85.

"It's so nice for the villagers to have their beach back.

"It is an incredible example of the force and power of nature and how the coast can change in a matter of days."

How the beach looked since 1984 Credit: SWNS

Alan Gielty, 48, the third generation to run the local Gielty's Bar and Restaurant said the beach has brought with it an influx of tourists.

He said: "It's amazing. We haven't had a beach for a long, long time.

"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 beach on the news we have had plenty more visitors from the middle of the country."

The beach used to be integral to the population of Achill and during the 1845 famine, families moved to nearby to live off the fish and rich soils.