Trump set to be welcomed with ‘open arms’

Both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are due to visit Ireland later this year

UNITED STATES President Donald Trump will be welcomed to Doonbeg with open arms should he visit Ireland later this year.

That is according to local businessman Tommy Tubridy, who said that Mr Trump’s proposed visit would bring a significant “boost” to the West Clare village.

“We are delighted to see him coming,” Mr Tubridy told The Clare People.

“It would be very good for Doonbeg and the whole of County Clare.

“He is probably the second biggest employer in West Clare at the moment and, in the next three or four years, he will probably be the biggest employer,” he explained.

President Trump was supposed to visit Doonbeg last November but his trip was cancelled “for scheduling reasons”.

In a recent meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (FG) at the White House, Trump revealed his plans to visit Ireland in the near future, a trip which is set to include time spent in the Banner County.

“I will be coming at some point during the year,” confirmed President Trump during a recent press briefing at the White House.

“I missed it last time and I would have loved to have been there.

“It is a special place and I have a very warm spot for Doonbeg and it is just a great place,” he added.

In light of this, Tommy Tubridy said that a summer visit would be ideal timing as the tourism season gets underway in West Clare. 

“This year is the 20th year of the Jazz Festival, which is on in the middle of June, so maybe if he comes, he might open the festival,” he smiled.

“Everybody is behind the Trump resort up here. It is a big employer and it is very good for the local economy.

“We have six pubs in the village, we have three restaurants and we also have three shops so everybody is going to benefit from it. It is a win-win situation.

US Vice President Mike Pence also confirmed that he is making plans to travel to Ireland, but it is unclear whether that will be part of Trump’s visit or at a later date.

Mr Pence said he is hoping to take in County Clare and County Sligo as part of his trip, and is looking forward to seeing his “grandfather’s homestead”.

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