US President Donald Trump’s state go to to Britain on June Three-5 has set tongues wagging a few attainable Irish journey.
If he makes it to Eire, there could be protests, in fact. However swapping the West Wing for west Clare would shine a mega highlight on a shocking shoreline.
So if The Donald does make it to his resort in Doonbeg, what ought to he see and do in Co Clare?
1. The West Clare White Home
Trump’s resort in Doonbeg
This one’s a no brainer. “I’ve a really heat spot for Doonbeg, I’ll let you know that,” Potus has stated.
Trump Doonbeg (or Trump Worldwide Golf Hyperlinks and Resort, Doonbeg, to provide it the total title) was acquired by Trump in 2014, and boasts a Greg Norman-designed golf course. He as soon as described it as “small potatoes”, however it is a high quality resort using over 300 workers who might nicely really feel annoyed at judgments based mostly on its proprietor fairly than the expertise.
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2. MAGA hats on the Cliffs of Moher
Banner magnificence: The Cliffs of Moher
No 1 on the checklist of Doonbeg daytrips must be the Cliffs of Moher. The photo-op could be good for a Trumpian thumbs-up. However it may be windy in these components. Maga hats will likely be a should to include the presidential mane.
Three. Tea at Father Ted’s Home
The McCormacks’ house, which was the parochial home in ‘Father Ted’.
Immediately’s White Home shenanigans would not appear misplaced in a sure parochial home (“I am no good at judging the scale of crowds, Ted, however I would say there’s about 17 million of them on the market,” as Fr Sean Spicer may need put it).
Ecumenical issues apart, Father Ted’s home may be visited for tea and scones – Glenquin Farmhouse sits in splendid isolation close to the Burren Nationwide Park, the place Cheryl McCormack welcomes friends and shares filming tales from simply €10pp (reserving important, fathertedshouse.com).
Ah, go on.
four. Sit back in Kilkee
A dip within the Pollock Holes at Kilkee. Photograph: Alan Place/SaltieSouls
Mr Trump could also be “the healthiest particular person ever elected to the presidency”, as a private doctor’s letter claimed in 2015.
However being Prez is a nerve-racking enterprise… and nothing relieves stress like a contact of thalassotherapy in Kilkee. As generations of holidaymakers know, seaweed baths (or higher nonetheless, a dip within the Pollock Holes) will take years off you.
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Rapper Kanye West speaks throughout a gathering with U.S. President Donald Trump within the Oval Workplace of the White Home in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
May the Commander-in-Chief be part of a seisún?
We all know he is a fan of Kanye West, however West Clare’s energetic trad scene may tempt Donald from Doonbeg. His attainable dates are just a little early for Willie Clancy Week (July 6-14), however a fast Food plan Coke (Trump is a teetotaller) at O’Connor’s in Doolin or Friel’s in Milltown Malbay might be simply the ticket.
6. Joyful Meals
Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
McDonald Trump is cautious about the place his burgers come from, however Clare might be his likelihood to experiment with pristine Irish produce.
What a few journey to Eire’s solely Michelin Star pub, Lisdoonvarna’s Wild Honey Inn? Or a scorching steak and seafood at Naughton’s of Kilkee? The Lengthy Dock in Carrigaholt is one other foodie gem… right down to its selfmade ice cream.
7. Keep away from Seán O’Rourke
Donald Trump at Doonbeg golf resort
Seán O’Rourke would not do Faux Information. The RTÉ broadcaster famously requested Trump about his hair on his final go to to Eire, in 2014. “**gap from the radio,” Trump later huffed to the ‘Sunday Unbiased’.
In addition to hiding out at Doonbeg, Potus can escape the media by going underground at Doolin or Aillwee caves, or pursuing his ardour for partitions at certainly one of West Clare’s best-kept secrets and techniques, the Vandeleur Walled Gardens in Kilrush.
eight. Selfies at Loop Head
Inventory photograph: Loop Head Mild Home. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan
There are countless photo-ops round Loop Head – from Scattery Island to dolphins on the Shannon Estuary. If we needed to decide one, nonetheless, it could be Loop Head Lighthouse (above). Each it (23m) and the president (6’2″) are tall, white and topped with a hoop of reddish-orange.
9. Par for the course
If @realDonaldTrump visits Doonbeg & County Clare this summer time, what ought to he see and do? Let me know your ideas for a chunk for @Indo_Travel_! #WildAtlanticWay #Clare pic.twitter.com/BNoeAenpKZ
— Pól Ó Conghaile (@poloconghaile) Might Three, 2019
In his e-book, ‘Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump’, creator Rick Reilly calls the US president “the world’s worst cheat at golf”.
After capturing the fairways at Doonbeg, we would counsel a spherical on the hyperlinks course at Lahinch (which hosts the Irish Open in July), or Dromoland Citadel, the place George W Bush stayed in 2004. Fore!
10. See previous Shannon’s face
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JFK poignantly promised “to see previous Shannon’s face once more” earlier than departing Co Clare in 1963. Just like the 35th president, the 45th is prone to arrive and depart on Air Drive One at Shannon Airport. Do not financial institution on any poetic parting ideas, although… a 280-character broadside is extra probably.