Miriam Lord: The population of Doonbeg aren’t forelock tuggers or cap doffers or eejits

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The appearance by the two lads fuelled speculation that they were sussing out the territory in advance of a visitation by their father. The happy images of people cheering them to the rafters as céilí dancers spun around in the street and pints of stout were flying out of the pubs would look well back home.All day, Doonbeg was a town in suspense. Streets deserted, apart from hordes of media people and the same amount of Garda officers cooling their heels in the sunshine.

And a Mayo native from Boston appeared who is “an original member of the club” and who, on Wednesday night “met the whole crowd” in the hotel. Except Donald. As the hours slowly passed it was beginning to look like this would be the greatest danger the gardaí would find themselves in during Trump’s visit. A large communications mast attached to a cherry-picker was stationed at the entrance to the village with a very bored man wearing a laminated ID minding it.

A photograph was tweeted showing Trump eating his dinner in his hotel restaurant with the 18 green in the background and the tomato sauce in the foreground.Local man Brian Heppell – twenty years in the place, married a woman whose father was from Kilrush but she “ran away with the lead singer of a band” – was not particularly interested in seeing Donald Trump, should he visit.Brian is originally from Windsor in the UK and recalled seeing a Royal procession many years ago.

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Your view might be negative, but I am glad he was welcomed here. So different in rural Ireland from the relentless sarcasm of Dublin.


How many times does The IT need to tweet this? Is it until we agree that his visit is ok? Not going to happen.

Well done to people of Doonbeg hope you all enjoyed the last few days. As would any people have done in same situation in Ireland. Hotel looks fab must visit it soon. We stayed it Doral Miami my son played golf last year fabulous and not overpriced. Trump hotels very good

When you benefit from those who are being investigated for corruption you become part of that corruption.

They may as well have curtsied, their response to the visit was grovelling and OTT. Trump is an evil, right wing, misogynistic fascist and some of the Doonbeg pop. bloody didn’t care.

What about gobshites?

Official Ireland speaks.

Yeah but they were still Irish dancing on a sheet of plywood in the middle of the street last night. Idiots.

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