Donald Trump Touches Down in Clare

By Steve Wynne-Jones
Donald Trump Touches Down in Clare

US billionaire tycoon Donald Trump is in Ireland this week, visiting his Doonbeg golf course and hotel in Clare.

Trump, who purchased the site for a cut-price €8.7 million in February last year, landed in Co. Clare on Wednesday night to visit his luxury site, in which he has pledged to invest up to three times the sale price.

The business magnate landed in his €75 million private jet to visit the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, the third time he has been to see the resort, as reported in the Irish Mirror.

The developing of the site hasn't been without trouble for Trump, who has fought with local councillors, developers who planned to build a wind farm near the resort, as well as a protected species of snail preventing him from shoring up the coastline.

Doonbeg was originally opened in 2002 at a cost of €28 million. Last year it was reported that Trump had paid an estimated €15 million for the site, however the adjusted figure of €8.7 million was later filed by receivers Ernst & Young.