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Major boost for Achill tourism after beach that was missing for 12 years returns

“People were telling us the beach at Ashleam comes back every seven years. I didn’t really believe them.”

AFTER VANISHING FOR over a decade, a beach on Mayo’s Achill Island has made a remarkable reappearance.

The return of the beach at Ashleam Bay is expected to provide a major boost to tourism in the area.

Situated along the Wild Atlantic Way, the beach at Ashleam joins another beach to have recently returned at Dooagh.

The scenic location of the Ashleam beach will draw in visitors to the area, Achill Tourism manager Sean Molloy said.

He told RTÉ’s Ray D’Arcy Show: “Anyone who’s been to Achill has been on the Atlantic drive… Just in that bay there, people would be familiar with a rocky coast.

It started to happen a few weeks ago. It’s building up and building up over the past few days. I can’t really say what has brought this back other than stormy weather.

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The beaches originally disappeared due to the strong winds and high tides on the Atlantic coastal region, and it is most likely due to stormy weather that it has come back, he said.

“People were telling us the beach at Ashleam comes back every seven years,” Molloy said. “I didn’t really believe them.”

The new beach is the only west-facing beach on the island, and Molloy added that it would be the best place in Europe to watch the last sunset of the year on New Year’s Eve.

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