Another vanished beach in Ireland reappears – Ashleam Bay

Posted: November 21, 2017 by oldbrew in Natural Variation, News, Ocean dynamics

Ashleam Bay, County Mayo [image credit: discover Mayo]

Loads of free publicity for the local tourist industry. How many vanished beaches can there be?

Another vanished beach has just appeared on Achill Island, reports IrishCentral. Dooagh Beach’s re-emergence led to worldwide attention and now Ashleam Bay has a sandy strand too.

The County Mayo island on the Wild Atlantic Way made international headlines back in May after the sea retreated to reveal the pristine sandy white Dooagh Beach that locals had not seen for 33 years.

12 television crews made the trip out to Ireland’s largest offshore island and an estimated 1.16 billion people read about the story online.

Now, a similar phenomenon has happened at Ashleam Bay, where the Atlantic usually crashes against hard rocks and pebbles, but is now lapping up against soft, wet sand.

Local man Malcolm Cooney visits the cove every day and said, “Folklore says the sand comes in once every seven years, it has been roughly 12 years since it was last in.

“The last time the sand was in, it only lasted a year. And before that the last time the sand was in was many, many years.

“I was a young child and it just created some great memories. And I was always bringing down my own children and they’ve never seen the sand. I’m looking forward to them having the same memories as I have growing up.”

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It came back after Storm Brian | Mail Online
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  1. wolsten says:

    Reblogged this on Wolsten and commented:
    Nature defying the climate models again.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Date: 21/11/17 Australian Bureau of Meteorology

    The tropical Pacific is approaching La Niña thresholds. If the current progression continues, and thresholds are exceeded for a sustained period, 2017–18 will be considered a La Niña event.

    As a result, the Bureau’s ENSO Outlook has been raised to La Niña ALERT meaning there is approximately a 70% chance—or triple the normal likelihood—of La Niña occurring. Climate models suggest that any event is likely to be weak and short-lived. This means it is expected to be very different to the strong 2010–12 La Niña.
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    We have a prediction from the BoM: any event is likely to be weak and short-lived.

  3. dennisambler says:

    This happens often in parts of Cardigan Bay. Sometimes the beach is just rocks which are suddenly covered by sand again as the wash tub circulation of the Bay brings in container loads overnight. It can last for months or a few weeks before being returned to deeper water again..

  4. Olbrew, La Nina conditions normally bring above average rain to SE Qld. In the months March to September rainfall was very much below average with areas in Qld and NSW declared in drought. However, in October the rainfall in SE Qld (in actually most of Qld) was very much above average. Where I am we had 362mm three times average and getting towards the all time record of 438mm. This month to 8AM 22 Nov we have already with 148mm exceeded the average of the month 130mm and it has been raining all day. The SOI pattern looks like we are in or nearly in a La Nina. Another thing with all the rain it has been cold at least 2C day and night below average. If the satellite temperature for this month does not show a significant drop in temperature for the Southern pacific area then I suspect there is something wrong with the measurement. There is already a suspicion that UAH is reading high.

  5. tom0mason says:

    I wonder where all the energy to shift tons of sand comes from?
    Is it accounted for in those laughable energy balance calculations that the armchair scientists postulate?

  6. oldbrew says:

    tom – the energy was from Storm Brian.

    Seán Molloy, manager of, said recent stormy weather had cleared the beach of rocks and boulders, and Storm Brian dumped a load of sand in their place.

    Mr Molloy said: ‘It came back after Storm Brian. It brought the first amount of sand and cleared the boulders that was on the beach away as well.’

  7. tom0mason says:

    Ah, so it’s all Brian’s work.