As confirmation of a visit by the US President to Co Clare is awaited, Donald Trump’s son Eric dropped into the family’s property in Doonbeg this weekend.
The 35-year-old executive vice-president of the Trump Organisation arrived in Shannon from Scotland early yesterday accompanied by 30 business people from the United States.
The group arrived on the Trump family’s private jet and visited Doonbeg on the final leg of a golf trip which included the family’s two golf resorts in Scotland.
This afternoon, four SUVs with Dublin-based members of An Garda Síochána arrived at the airport followed soon afterwards by four coaches carrying Mr Trump and his group. The Trump Organisation’s luxury Boeing 757-200 jet departed Shannon for New York at 3.50pm.
Joe Russell, General Manager, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg said: “We are delighted to welcome Eric Trump and his guests from the US to Doonbeg. The team at Trump Doonbeg are excited to showcase the course and resort to Eric’s esteemed guests, a courtesy we believe we extend to all our guests and golf club members.”
Eric Trump said: “We own phenomenal golf courses around the world and none more so than in Scotland and Ireland. I’m immensely proud to bring friends and guests with me to experience our great properties in Aberdeen, Turnberry and Doonbeg.”
Eric Trump has visited Doonbeg several times since his father purchased the property in 2014 for a reported €8.7m.
Last year, he played golf over a number of days in Doonbeg as well as in Ballybunion and Lahinch which will host this year’s Irish Open.
Details of a visit by Eric’s father, President Donald Trump, to Doonbeg in June are expected to be confirmed this week while preparations for the massive security operation that will be required have already begun in anticipation of a formal announcement.