Irish golf course owned by Donald Trump expects to be 'put further on the map'

The Doonbeg golf course in Co Clare was bought by US President-elect Donald Trump in 2014

A GOLF course in Co Clare owned by Donald Trump is expecting to be "put further on the map" by the tycoon's victory.

Joe Russell, managing director of Trump Doonbeg, said staff at the hotel and golf course were filled with "excitement" and getting to grips with a flood of media enquiries since the result of the US Presidential election was announced.

The course, which was bought by Mr Trump in 2014 after the previous owners went out of business, has experienced its best year since it opened more than a decade ago.

Mr Russell told The Irish News: "Our business has picked up with the tourists, either people booking because of the Trump name or stopping for a photo of the sign due to curiosity and coming in for a cup of coffee.

"We have had a rough couple of years with storms and the recession, and receivership, so for him to come in, buy it, renovate it and run for and become US is nice to get a bit of wind on our backs.

"He was here four times in 15 months. I would say his to-do list is rather extensive, but I hope he would visit at some stage."

Mike Pence, the incoming Vice-President, had an Irish grandfather, and is related to Hugh McNally, the owner of Morrissey's Bar in Doonbeg.

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