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#Doonbeg - US President Donald Trump’s sea wall proposal for Doonbeg has hit another stumbling block — this time from a planning activist who’s turned his attentions to the controversial plans.

As reports, Peter Sweetman has lodged an appeal against last month’s decision by Clare County Council to green-light revised proposals for coastal erosion works alongside the Trump International Golf Links at the Co Clare coastal village.

The reduced scale of the project met with council planners’ approval but not that of surfers and some local residents who fear its impact on Doonbeg’s surfing conditions and unique natural habitat — a cause that Sweetman now supports.

Considered ‘Ireland’s foremost objector to energy projects’ by The Irish Times, Sweetman is also known for his campaigning against the Corrib pipeline and large road projects, as well as being son of former Finance Minister Gerald Sweetman.

The self-professed ‘NIMBY’ claims his appeal is not a personal objection but only “is about the Habitats Directive, the law and Doonbeg golf course”. has more on the story HERE.

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#Doonbeg - Clare County Council has granted permission for coastal erosion works adjacent to the Trump International Golf Links in Doonbeg, as RTÉ News reports.

Planners at the council approved a revised proposal from the golf resort for works comprising two backstops running for a total of a kilometre in the dunes bordering the course.

The resort, purchased by Donald Trump before he became US President, has promised that these coastal erosion management works would be hidden from view and would preserve access to the beach “as exists today”.

But surfers and other concerned parties fear for the sea wall’s impact on the area’s unique surfing conditions and natural habitat, as previously reported on

The decision may be subject to a first or third-party appeal An Bord Pleanála within the next four weeks. RTÉ News has more on the story HERE.

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#Doonbeg - Irish surfers have reiterated their concerns over proposed coastal defence works at US President Donald Trump’s golf resort in Doonbeg. reports that submissions from surfing groups are among dozens from environmental groups and some local residents to Clare County Council over long-mooted plans for a coastal rock barrier alongside the golf course. reported in August that a final say on the controversial rock wall plans had been delayed after the golf resort downscaled its original plans for a 3km sea wall. The council is now expected to make its decision before the end of this month.

The resort’s revised “coastal protection” proposal would stretch some 600m south and 250m north of Doughmore beach, hidden by sand and cobbles and preserving access to the beach “as exists today”.

But surfers maintain that any works on the coastline would affect surf conditions that have been enjoyed “for generations” by accelerating erosion in those parts not protected, according to the West Coast Surf Club based in Lahinch.

Other submissions repeated concerns over the potential impact to the beach’s ecosystem, which includes a rare species of snail.

TheJournal has much more on the story HERE.

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#Missing - The search continued today (Tuesday 19 September) for a sea angler who was swept into the sea from a popular but treacherous fishing spot near Doonbeg in Co Clare at the weekend.

According to, the missing man and a friend, both Russian nationals, had been fishing at Pulleen Bay around 6.30am on Saturday morning (16 September) when he went into the water.

When his friend’s attempt at a rescue was unsuccessful, he is believed to have panicked and driven 60km way to Limerick to raise the alarm.

“This has happened in the past in Clare where non-Irish nationals fishing in very dangerous areas, who have little English or no English … panic and have driven miles upon miles, passed Garda stations and people on the road to raise the alarm,” said local journalist Pat Flynn.

Naval Service divers and local diving clubs have joined a number of Irish Coast Guard units from the area in the search, which has been hampered by poor visibility due to heavy coastal fog.

Meanwhile, as the Clare Herald reports, coastguard search teams expressed their dismay over the weekend as several groups of anglers continued to climb out to the rocky head where the missing man was swept away.

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#Doonbeg - Clare County Council’s decision on the controversial rock wall planned for the Trump golf resort in Doonbeg has been delayed till early next year, as the Clare Champion reports.

It follows the granting of a three-month extension requested by TIGL Ireland Enterprises, owned by the family of US President Donald Trump, to respond to a list of requests for information regarding plans to build a 3km coastal rock barrier.

The proposed coastal defence works for holes 1, 9 and 18 on the course, revised from a larger-scale plan late last year, prompted more than 30 submitted objections from environmentalists, surfers and some local residents in the public consultation that closed this past February.

Moreover, concerns remain within the local authority regarding the sea wall’s potential impact on the beach and dunes as well as the adjacent Special Area of Conservation, home to a rare species of snail.

Trump International Golf Links, purchased by the property tycoon before he became US president, is the Doonbeg area’s single biggest employer and has the support of most locals, as previously reported on

The Clare Champion has much more on the story HERE.

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#Doonbeg - More than 30 individuals and organisations have submitted objections to the proposed coastal defence works at the Doonbeg golf resort purchased by US President Donald Trump.

Surfers, environmentalists and some local residents comprise the stanch opposition to the plan among submissions received in a public consultation that closed on Friday 3 February, according to the Irish Examiner.

December saw news that the original proposal for a near 3km sea wall had been scaled down to just three holes on the Co Clare links course, part of a resort that constitutes the area’s single largest employer and has the support of most locals.

However, the revised plan to protect holes 1, 9 and 18 from coastal erosion remains controversial as it involved the placing of 38,000 tonnes of rock between the course and the sea — a project that could interfere with popular surfing waves, not to mention the habitat of a rare snail species.

One complainant wrote of the “monstrous damage” to the beach that its claimed would result from the rock barrier works — and suggested that the “simple solution” of moving the golf course further inland had been ignored.

The Irish Examiner has more on the story HERE.

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#Doonbeg - US president-elect Donald Trump has abandoned plans for a near 3km sea wall at his golf resort in Doonbeg, as The Irish Times reports.

Despite local support for the scheme in the Co Clare village, the proposed coastal defences were recently the subject of social media protest prompted by environmental concerns from conservationists and surfers alike.

The controversial plans also faced obstacles in approval by the local authority over the delicacy of Doonbeg’s dune habitats, home to a protected rare snail species.

The resort’s operators had previously indicated that the future of the locality’s single biggest employer would be in doubt should the coastal defence works be blocked.

But now the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg has announced it is instead seeking a smaller-scale proposal to protect erosion-prone sections at just three holes on the links course.

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

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#Doonbeg - Donald Trump's plans for a defensive sea wall at his Doonbeg golf resort face renewed protest via an international social media campaign, as The Irish Times reports.

#NatureTrumpsWalls is the name of the campaign run in tandem by Save the Waves and Friends of the Irish Environment to bring attention to the threat against "one of our finest dune systems", according the latter group's Tony Lowes.

US presidential candidate Trump's plans for nearly 3km of coastal defences at the golf resort he purchased in February 2014 were stymied over the summer when the Government blocked an attempt to circumvent protections on a stretch of the Co Clare coast that's home to a rare snail species.

The Doughmore Beach area is also popular with surfers, who fear that a sea wall would interfere with wave and sediment patterns. Their concerns are shared in the community north of Doonbeg, where continued public access to the beach has been questioned.

However, the people of Doonbeg itself have overwhelmingly backed the billionaire businessman's plans for the golf links that represent the single biggest economic asset in the coastal village.

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

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#Doonbeg - Controversial proposals for coastal defence works at Donald Trump's Doonbeg golf resort have not been proved necessary, according to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

As The Irish Times reports, the department's submission to Clare County Council makes note of the "complex mosaic" of Doonbeg's dune habitats, a Special Area of Conservation and home to a protected rare snail species, suggesting that any physical interference by way of a rock wall or 'berm' would result in shifting sands and other significant changes.

“The case has not been made to prove that the rates, patterns and causes of erosion at the site warrant the type and scale of the solution proposed," the submission adds.

Earlier this month Doonbeg residents came out overwhelmingly in favour of the coastal defence works, which Trump's representatives say are required for the continued operation of the resort the property tycoon and US presidential hopeful purchased in February 2014.

The 2.8km, 200,000-tonne rock barrier is opposed by various groups beyond the Co Clare village, including the local Save Doughmore Beach Protection Group. More on this story in The Irish Times.

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#Doonbeg - Doonbeg businesses and residents have come out in almost unanimous support for coastal defence works at Donald Trump's golf resort in the Co Clare village.

Two months ago the billionaire businessman and US presidential hopeful was stumped in efforts to bypass Clare County Council with plans for a 200,000-tonne, 2.8km rock wall to prevent coastal erosion alongside the links course he purchased in February 2014.

But as The Irish Times reports, Doonbeg says 'Yes' – as all but one of the local submissions to the council over the scheme give their backing to the embankment, which it's claimed would also protect local homeowners and farms from flooding.

Thirty-six of the 112 total submissions are opposed to the project. These include the Save Doughmore Beach Protection Group, a new association formed in the community north of Doonbeg, who say the rock wall will have a "negative effect for countless generations".

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.


The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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