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No bingo in Doonbeg this Friday

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With a great furore over a certain visitor to Doonbeg this week, there is confusion locally as to whether bingo will be going ahead as normal on Friday evening.

Speaking to The Clare Echo, Tommy Tubridy, owner of Tubridy’s Bar and Restaurant hinted that bingo would not be going ahead on Friday. “He has still put us on the world stage, we have coverage here from all over the world, I heard on Sky News that bingo in Doonbeg is cancelled on Friday night which is unusual, I hope the bingo isn’t cancelled because there will be a lot of disappointed patrons”.

Down the road in Comerford’s Bar, local punters dismissed the cancellation of bingo as “fake news”, while adding the visit of Donald Trump was “a once-off”.

Several road closures and a Garda presence with 1,400 uniformed Gardaí on patrol, the biggest security operation in the county since the 2004 visit of then US President George W. Bush has hindered access to Doonbeg and as a result bingo will not go ahead.

This cancellation due to Donald Trump’s arrival would not be setting a precedent as Storm Hannah forced the cancellation of bingo in the long village.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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