New plan proposed to protect Doonbeg dunes

New plan proposed to protect Doonbeg dunes


Whitestrand Doonbeg

New plans have been submitted to Clare County Council for coastal erosion management works at Donald Trump’s Doonbeg hotel.

At the beginning of the month a proposal to build 3km sea wall at the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Ireland were scrapped. However it was widely tipped that a revised new submission would be put in place.

As part of the latest bid, works will take place at, and adjacent to, Carrowmore Dunes, White Strand, Doughmore Bay and Trump’s Hotel. It includes the provision of two new protection structures at the dunes. The construction/development will include excavation of existing sand, the use of sheet piling backstops with soil nailing, geotextile underlay, armourstone protection to the sheet piles with sand and cobbles currently on the beach being used to form a dune profile over a distance of 609 metres approximately at the southern end of Doughmore Bay, adjacent to and west of the Trump International Golf Hotel.

It is planned that the works will be over a distance of 256 metres approximately at the northern end of Doughmore Bay, west of the golf course. The storage of the excavated sand on site as part of ongoing replenishment and future site management is also proposed.

In a seaward-landward direction the overall extent of the revetment structure will be approximately 12 metres seaward of the existing general dune face with additional underlayers and engineering works. The final structure will be screened from view.

Also included as part of the development are enabling works; ancillary construction works and compound; public car park; ongoing access to the beach throughout the construction programme and beyond. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS) accompany the application.

TIGL Ireland Enterprises Ltd submitted the application and Clare County Council received the bid on Wednesday. February 24th 2017 has been set as the deadline for a decision to be made on the plans.