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Dooagh beach is seen after a storm returned sand to it, 30 years after another storm had stripped all the sand off the beach, on Achill island, County Mayo.Reuters

Thirty years back a beach had vanished from Ireland's remote island, but re-emerged after thousands of tons of sand got deposited on the top of the rocky coastline.

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The 300 meter beach had disappeared in 1984 near the tiny village of Dooagh on the Achill Island, when storms had wiped away all the sand from the shores leaving behind rock pools, Hindustan Times reports.

The Atlantic Ocean later returned the sand by its high spring tides.

"It's enormously significant," Sean Molloy of Achill's tourism office told the Irish Times newspaper, recalling how the popular beach once sustained four hotels and a number of guesthouses on the west coast of the island of 2,600 people.

"Achill already has five blue-flag beaches, so we are hoping that in time it will be awarded a sixth," Molloy added.

This island is the largest off the coast of Ireland, which forms a part of the Wild Atlantic Way, a tourist trail stretching from the south of the country to the north-west that has benefited from a tourist boom in the European Union's fastest-growing economy, Reuters reported.