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Irish beach that disappeared 33 years ago returns overnight

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In 1984, a beach along the west coast of Ireland vanished. As storms retreated from the County Mayo coast, all that was left of Dooagh beach were rocks and rock pools. Thirty-three years later, locals saw the beach return.

Over the course of several days in April, the Atlantic Ocean returned Achill Island's natural gem. A massive tide that released thousands of tonnes of sand atop the beach's rocky remnants.

"Now that the high spring tides have passed, it is expected that the new sandy beach will remain in place for summer 2017," Achill Island's official tourism site said in a statement.


Dooagh's beach before the tides, March 2017. Image courtesy of Achill Tourism.

"[I]n April we had that cold snap over Easter and the wind was coming from the north. It was steady and must have transported sand in from elsewhere," Sean Molloy, manager at Achill Tourism, told The Guardian.

Dooagh's "new" beach, May 2017. Image courtesy of Achill Tourism.

Local restaurateur Alan Gielty told The Guardian that the site has already garnered a new surge in tourists.

"We have a beautiful little village as it is, but it is great to look out and see this beautiful beach instead of just rocks," Gielty told the publication. "Since people have seen the news of the beach, we have had plenty more visitors from the middle of the country."

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Achill is the largest island in Ireland, serving as an inspirational locale for writers and artists.

"A lot of people come to Achill to look at the power of nature because you see the cliffs and the boglands and the beaches and mountains," Sean Molloy, another member of Achill Tourism, told CNN. "This is just one very vivid example of the power of nature."

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