Donald Trump buys Co Clare golf course

Published Tuesday, 11 February 2014
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American business magnate Donald Trump has bought his first links golf course in Ireland and vowed to bring it up to the "highest standards of luxury".

Donald Trump buys Co Clare golf course
Donald Trump made the major announcement on Tuesday. (© UTV)

He announced the purchase of Doonbeg Golf Club, County Clare on Tuesday.

Doonbeg, which officially opened in 2002, will be renamed Trump International Golf Links Ireland. It sits on more than 400 acres across two-and-a-half miles of Atlantic coastline.

Andrea Corr, lead singer with The Corrs, celebrated her celebrity wedding to billionaire Brett Desmond at the resort in 2009.

He revealed the Doonbeg deal just hours after the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled against his latest attempt to stop an offshore wind turbine development being built within view of his course on the North Sea coast near Aberdeen.

"I am thrilled to announce that we have purchased yet another incredible golf resort," he said.

"From Trump National Doral, Miami, to Trump International Golf Links, Scotland - known as the greatest golf course in the world - we only have the best.

"Doonbeg is an already terrific property that we will make even better. It will soon be an unparalleled resort destination with the highest standards of luxury."

Mr Trump had threatened to pull the plug on his proposed £750m Scottish resort if an 11-turbine offshore windfarm within sight of the development got the go-ahead.

Last November, lawyers for Trump International Golf Club Scotland and the Trump Organisation asked the Court of Session in Edinburgh to rule as unlawful the Scottish Government's approval of the wind farm.

But in his ruling on Tuesday, judge Lord Doherty rejected the legal bid.

Vattenfall Wind Power and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, who are behind the wind farm project, said it will power 68,000 UK households a year.

The Trump Organisation said it will not alter its "unwavering commitment" to protect its Scottish investment in light of the court ruling.

But Mr Trump later added: "We will appeal this decision and in the meantime we will be focusing all of our investment and energy towards our new acquisition on the Atlantic Ocean in Ireland."

Unlike his resort at Menie Estate, near Balmedie in Aberdeenshire, the established Co Clare resort already has 218 hotel suites, a spa and several restaurants which will be managed by the Trump Hotel Collection.

The Doonbeg golf resort was reported to be on offer for €15m after receivers were appointed earlier this year.

Mr Trump previously courted politicians in Northern Ireland about proposals for a £1bn golf resort in Co Antrim amid delays to his Scottish project.

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2 Comments
Alphonsus in Limbo wrote (231 days ago):
After the travesty he made in Scotland, I can't feel anything but a deep deep sorrow for the people of Ireland. Hopefully they'll stand together to prevent him doing as he pleases.
Jim in Carrickfergus wrote (231 days ago):
Trump is just full of wind and will upset all the locals just like he does time and time again
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