"Very surprised" if Donald Trump doesn't visit Ireland, friend says

Locals in Clare say his election win is great news for them

"Very surprised" if Donald Trump doesn't visit Ireland, friend says

US president-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally | Image: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association Images

US president-elect Donald Trump will visit Ireland after he takes over from Barack Obama.

That is according to a friend of Mr Trump, golf professional Brian Shaw.

He says Mr Trump's children are also regular visitors to Trump Doonbeg in Co Clare.

"They're great to deal with, they're a really really super family; they spend a lot of time over here," he told Newstalk Drive's Henry McKean.

Image: Henry McKean

"Ivanka takes her holidays and Eric's over on a regular basis."

"I'm very fond of him - I'm lucky, I spend a lot of time with him...He's a character, he really is".

On the topic of the president-elect visiting Ireland, Mr Shaw said: "I'd be very surprised if he didn't, very, very surprised. I know he loves the property here.

"I would be shocked if he didn't make it over".

Locals in Doonbeg are excited at his White House win.

This woman, who lives next to Trump Doonbeg, says Mr Trump is planning to build a major conference centre - which will be good news for the locality.

"(This) will mean a large amount of people will be flying into the country, which means Shannon Airport will finally get a large boost in transport."

The view from Trump Doonbeg | Image: Henry McKean

"He can get from nowhere as a businessman to running one of the biggest countries in the world - which is a fair achievement.

"Regardless of whether you like it or not, it is a good achievement".

Mairéad Flynn takes care of the restaurants at Trump Doonbeg.

"We're getting really positive feedback from all our guests and all the staff"

"Very personable, very approachable, loves his gold and loves his resort here at Doonbeg".

Margaret Ahern is a member of the local Tidy Towns, and says Mr Trump has solved their biggest problems.

"(One of) our greatest challenges would be unemployment - and anything that brings employment to Doonbeg we would embrace it, naturally".

Asked about the outcome of the US election, Ms Ahern said: "These are very interesting times. We have a non-politician now as the leader of America - and I think it'll be very, very interesting".