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‘Stay away’ warnings go unheeded as the wealthy flock to rural boltholes

Small rural communities are aghast at the recent influx of out-of-towners to local holiday homes, in direct breach of the government’s lockdown measures

12th April, 2020
Last week, everyone in Ireland’s coastal towns and Wild Atlantic Way hotspots shared the same worry that an influx of holiday home owners to their area could exacerbate the spread of Covid-19.

Last week, hotelier Michael Vaughan uttered four words he must never have imagined would pass his lips: “Don't come to Lahinch.”

The owner of the Vaughan Lodge Hotel is proud of his patch in Co Clare. Promoting the town and sharing the area with visitors are all he wants to do. Instead, as the sun shone down on Easter week, he was telling people to stay away.

Last week, everyone in Ireland’s coastal...

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