Irish beach returns 33 years after it washed away in a storm

The beach is at Dooagh on Achill Island, a beautiful scenic spot off the coast of County Mayo on Ireland’s west coast.

    2017/05/09

NSFW    ACHILL ISLAND, IRELAND — A beach in Ireland that was washed away more than 30 years ago has reappeared.

The beach is at Dooagh on Achill Island, a beautiful scenic spot off the coast of County Mayo on the country’s west coast.

The area previously had a beach until 1984, when every last grain of sand disappeared during heavy storms, the Guardian reported.

All that was left was rocks and rock pools, and that’s how things stood — until last month.

Over the Easter period, the Atlantic Ocean deposited hundreds of tons of sand onto the rocks over the course of around 10 days, leaving a 300-meter stretch of fine golden sand.

Apparently the process occurred when strong winds blew the ocean’s surface water back. The ocean then took the sand underneath and dumped it onto the rocks.

Achill, which is the largest island in Ireland, is known for its stunning natural beauty that has inspired writers like Graham Greene and German Nobel prize-winner Heinrich Boll.

The new beach has boosted tourism to the area but with the chance that currents may change, it’s still too dangerous to go for a dip in the water.
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