Doonbeg locals do not want a repeat of “very nasty comments” made online by “anti-Trump people” ahead of the ex-US President’s planned private trip to his golf resort in West Clare next month.
On Friday, Doonbeg landlord Tommy Comerford said former US President Donald Trump’s 2019 visit to West Clare was marked by “nasty comments” from anti-Trump crowds about the village.
He said: “Last time in 2019 we got some very nasty comments and one of our guys got a nasty letter.
“We don’t want to draw that attention to ourselves again. Everyone knows there are terrible people on Facebook and Twitter and they say terrible things and we don’t want to bring that back on us again.”
He added: “We don’t want people to be mad at Doonbeg again for supporting the Trump project here. It creates jobs that have meant so much to West Clare – not just Doonbeg.”
Another local host, Tommy Tubridy, said, “I could show you some of the letters” he received after the 2019 presidential visit.
“Just two weeks ago I got a call late one night about the man himself. It has nothing to do with us. I don’t pay attention. I’ve been in business too long to pay attention.”
Doonbeg Golf Resort general manager Joe Russell confirmed Trump’s visit on Friday, saying the former president was “here on a private visit at the end of August and preparations are underway.”
The Trumps have poured millions into the resort since their knockdown purchase in 2014, and Mr Russell said the resort was having “our busiest year since it opened”.
Mr Russell said 300 staff are employed at the resort in peak season. In a normal year, the resort pays out 6 million euros in wages.
Mr Comerford said: “As far as we are concerned, Mr Trump has invested a lot of money and created a lot of jobs in the region and we support him in that sense by providing jobs for the region.”
The planned visit quickly follows a visit by Eric Trump to Doonbeg in the summer.
Eric Trump is the Trump family’s most involved in overseeing the Trump investment in Doonbeg, and Mr Tubridy said Eric “had a great night” at his restaurant and bar a few weeks ago.
He said: “Anytime he’s around, he calls.”
He said, “We are excited about the investment that the Trumps have made and will be making.”
Local businesswoman Rita McInerney said Trump’s visit will bring “a little excitement and business as schools are reopening around this time”.
Ms McInerney said she had known about Trump’s planned visit to Doonbeg “for the past few months”.
She said: “It was all right to know he was coming.
“Eric was here a few weeks ago doing business and looking at what’s going on and it’s good they have big plans to keep updating what they have.”
The 2019 visit resulted in an overtime payout of $7.5 million.
However, due to Mr Trump’s changed status, the security bill this time will be a fraction of what it was in 2019.
Mr Comerford said there was a great deal of excitement during the 2019 presidential visit “when President Trump’s two boys, Eric and Donald Jr., “went through the pubs and bought drinks”.
He said: “I don’t think it’s going to be anything like this this time.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/doonbeg-locals-dont-want-repeat-of-nasty-comments-by-anti-trump-people-ahead-of-former-presidents-clare-visit-41877950.html Doonbeg locals do not want a repeat of “nasty comments” made by “anti-Trump people” ahead of former President Clare’s visit