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Unique take 'West Clare hotelier' loses US Presidential race, claims local newspaper

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A local newspaper has won the internet with their headline ‘West Clare hotelier loses out in US Presidential election’ in reference to Donald Trump’s defeat.

The Clare Echo reported on the historic event with a unique local angle referring to the fact that the just outed President has a hotel in in Doonbeg.

In a straightforward reportage piece, the newspaper sums up the race to the White House and then adds a quirky twist to the story.

“West Clare hotelier Donald Trump has lost out in his US Presidential re-election bid,” the paper reports while adding that Mike Pence’s tenure has also come to an end.

“The former Governor of Indiana also has family links to Doonbeg with his great-grandmother hailing from the Long Village,” the paper adds.

“Local support for Donald Trump had been voiced in Doonbeg where the Trump family have invested significantly and serve as one of the region’s main employers with over 305 jobs at peak season at Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Ireland,” accord to the Clare Echo.

“Donald stepped down as a director of the West Clare resort in January 2017 but his children, Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr. are still listed as directors of TIGL Ireland Enterprises Ltd and TIGL Ireland Management Ltd, the companies behind Trump International Golf Links.”

However, all is not lost, the paper insists, as it points out that publican Tommy Tubridy “expects tourism in Mayo to receive a boost on the back of Joe Biden’s links with Ballina based on the publicity the Trump and Pence connections brought to the area”.

“Shop owner, Rita McInerney who has been very vocal in her praise of Trump but not his policies told The Irish Times, “You don’t have to agree with everyone you do business with”.

The paper adds: “Hugh McNally of Morrissey’s Bar and Restaurant admitted that there was disappointment in Doonbeg for the Trump family ‘because they have been such great supporters for us down the years’. He is confident the soon to be former US President will be in Co Clare in the near future but more in a golfing rather than business capacity.”

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