Beach Washed Away 33 Years Ago Suddenly Returns

Dooagh Beach of Achill Island, Ireland, dematerialized after a storm in the mid-1980s. Now it's back, and with it, considerable tourism.

An Irish beach that was once a popular tourist destination has reappeared after washing away in a storm in 1984.

The sands of a beach near Dooagh Village on Achill Island have been gone for 33 years, but it all returned recently, Huffpost reports.

"The wind coming in from the north has been very strong recently and it must have transported eroded material in from elsewhere," Sean Molloy of Achill Tourism said to the Irish Post of the freak tide.

The same beach reportedly disappeared in the late 19th century, but returned within 30 years, and a pier was built in 1927.

The community is hoping for a major return of tourism. It's looking promising, as the incident has prompted visitors from all over.

"Yesterday we had gridlock here in the village with cars and camper vans and people coming from all over Ireland and the UK to see our new beach," Emmet Callaghan from Achill Island Tourist Office said to the BBC. "The people here have always spoken about their days on the beach and how they enjoyed it as children and now, to have it back with their kids is unbelievable."

Molloy told the Irish Post that although the infrastructure is lacking at the moment, the island is hoping to make the beach official soon.

"Hopefully Achill could have its sixth blue-flag beach in the near future,” Molloy said.

For now, the beach remains a beautiful sight for sore eyes. 

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