Billionaire Trump visits Doonbeg property

Billionaire Trump visits Doonbeg property

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Mr Trump and his party leave Shannon Airport – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

US billionaire Donald Trump returned to Ireland last night for a third visit Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Co Clare.

At 8.00pm last night, the business magnate arrived in Shannon on his private €75m luxury Boeing 757 jet.

Twenty minutes later he was whisked away to Doonbeg in a 4×4 vehicle accompanied by a minibus from his west Clare property. It wasn’t clear how long he would spend in Ireland.

The TV personality, author and keen golfer paid almost €9m for the Doonbeg property and promised to spend three times that again to further enhance the facility.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
A wave for our camera from Mr Trump as he left Shannon last night – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

When Mr Trump made his first visit to Ireland after purchasing the property last year he was met at Shannon Airport by musicians, airport bosses, local dignitaries and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.

A spokesman for Trump International  Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg confirmed last night: “We were expecting Mr Trump to visit but we’re not sure how long he will stay. He has been in Scotland in recent days and decided to pay us a visit and have a look around.”

On Monday, Mr Trump formally opened his Turnberry Clubhouse in Scotland following a multimillion pound upgrade. The Trump Organisation funded the refurbishment and its opening is the first phase of a two year extensive upgrade to the site.

Mr Trump also predicted that the Scottish Open would be staged at his other Scottish golf club in Aberdeenshire where work continues amid a wind farm legal challenge.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Donald Trump’s luxury jet after arriving at Shannon last night – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Earlier this year, Mr Trump warned Taoiseach Enda Kenny against selling the State’s shareholding in Aer Lingus, claiming it would damage the country’s tourism industry and links to foreign direct investment.

In a letter to the Taoiseach, Mr Trump said Aer Lingus “should not be given away to the highest bidder”.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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