Irish beach ‘reappears overnight’ in freak tide – 33 years after being washed away 

Posted: May 8, 2017 by oldbrew in Natural Variation, News, Tides

Instant beach

Nature reverses its own vanishing trick on the western Irish coast. The ‘freak tide’ seems to have lasted ten days.

An entire Irish beach that was washed away 33 years ago has reappeared – virtually overnight thanks to a freak tide, as ITV News reports.

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 village’s 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.”

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.

Source: Irish beach ‘reappears overnight’ in freak tide – 33 years after being washed away – ITV News

  1. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:

  2. Sparks says:

    Absolute dog crap in a plastic bag!! Let’s see some before and after photographs. I know of another beach where it’s said to have always been sandy and now it is full of stones, I have photographs from the 1800’s and the beach was full of stones back then too, the same beach now has recently had lots of stones/rocks dumped onto it in a what I assume to be an attempt to trap sand.

    You may or may not understand where I’m going with this. Someone is trying to justify millions spent on coastal rejuvenation where as you lot are maybe thinking it’s some sort of natural cycle.

    How can it be a natural phenomenon if millions of tax payers money is involved in unsuccessfully producing this exact effect?

  3. tom0mason says:

    for better pictures.
    Also this is know to happen along the Dorset and Devon coastline periodically.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Sparks says – ‘Let’s see some before and after photographs.’

    The before and after pictures are in the ITV report link.

    Or see here:

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  6. oldbrew says:

    Just came across this…

    Why beaches lose their sand – and then suddenly reappear

    Though it may seem baffling to most people, there’s nothing miraculous about what happened in Achill. This “magical reappearing beach” is simply a great example of a process that happens in coastal seas more regularly that you might think.
    . . .
    People in Achill shouldn’t get too complacent as there’s no doubt Dooagh beach will disappear again at some point in future.

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