President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump touched down in Shannon Airport today on their way to Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg. The exited from Air Force 1 to a fairly low-key reception.
The Taoiseach and other government officials were there to welcome and after a press conference, the Taoiseach had a discussion with President Trump for about an hour.
There were some small demonstrations nearby. The peace camp demonstration had about 200 people there from Shannonwatch, Extinction Rebellion and there was also a small group of about 30 pro-Trump demonstrators. New MEP Clare Daly was among the anti-Trump demonstrators. It was all fairly mild and good humored and is likely to have no impact on the president or his policies.
There was a large Garda presence, security was tight and there were no flights at the airport for a while.
Off to Doonbeg
Then it was off to his Doonbeg Hotel in the helicopter Marine One. The President is staying for two nights, but he has an early start on Thursday morning as he is off to Normandy to attend ceremonies commemorating 75 years since the D-Day landings. He is due to return to Doonbeg in the evening.
This is not the first time for Donald Trump in Doonbeg. He was previously there to inspect the golf course and play a few holes.
Trumps in Doonbeg Pubs
While Donald Trump was resting up for his morning trip, his sons Donald Jnr and Eric visited Doonbeg village and the local pubs including Morrisey’s and Tubridy’s. They sampled the Guinness and in Tubridy’s the learned to pull a pint.
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There were no protests against Trump in Doonbeg village. Whatever their private views about Donald Trump and hid policies, the locals are glad of the tourism business generated by Trump International Golf Links and Hotel and the worldwide exposure gained for Doonbeg’s associan with Trump.