THE RETURNED BEACH!

Achill is a remote, rugged and unspoilt island in the west of Ireland. Its most famous inhabitant was Heinrich Böll, the German anti-Nazi Nobel prize-winning writer, who lived there in the 1950s and 60s.His former cottage has been transformed into a retreat for writers and a place where Böll fans pay homage. Villagers express delight after entire beach that vanished in Achill Island storms in 1984 turns back sands of time. The sand at Dooagh, Achill Island, was washed away by storms in 1984, leaving only rocks and rock pools. But after a freak tide around Easter in May 2017, hundreds of tonnes of sand were deposited around the area where the beach once stood, recreating the old 300-metre stretch of golden sand.

Dr Kevin Lynch and Dr Eugene Farrell, from the National University of Ireland Galway, added: “The fact that Dooagh recovered so rapidly is definitely interesting. We would assess how deep the veneer of sand is. It could be that the sand was made available from offshore in recent months and last week the wave conditions were optimal to move it further landward to rebuild the beach. Hopefully, over time the beach elevation will rise – at least until the next storm.” 12 television crews made the trip out to Ireland’s largest offshore island and an estimated 1.16 billion people read about the story online by that time. Local man Malcolm Cooney visits the cove every day and said, “Folklore says the sand comes in once every seven years, it has been roughly 12 years since it was last in.

WORD STUDY

Freak: People who ardently adore a particular type of music, like heavy metal, or who have many piercings or identify with a subculture, are often labeled freak. Informally, someone who is extremely interested in a particular subject so that other people think they are strange or unusual a fitness freak a religious freak a computer freak.

Freak a leak: The term used to define a person that demonstrates sexual perversion

Freakin: Yes, “freak” is its own word, but “freaking,” as a verb or expletive, is entirely unrelated and born much later.“Frigging,” previously profanity in its own right, lost both its edge and its original meaning and became wholly acceptable as an anodyne substitute for a completely different swear word.

Phreaking: a slang term coined to describe the activity of a culture of people who study, experiment with, or explore telecommunication systems, such as equipment and systems connected to public telephone networks.

Freak person: Freak is a not-so-nice noun that refers to either a person who expresses such an intense obsession with something that it resembles addiction, or a person or animal that is monstrous and deformed.

Freak show: a sideshow at a fair, featuring abnormally developed people or animals.

A freak of nature: a very unusual and unexpected event or situation

Clean freak: a person who always wants things to be very orderly and clean

Freak-out: a wildly irrational reaction or spell of behaviour.

Phone freak: a person who uses computers or other electronic devices to place long-distance telephone calls without paying toll charges.

Sick freak: A phrase used when one is being weird, or awkward. Especially used when there is nothing else to say, or someone has said something uncomfortable.

Freak nasty: sexually uninhibited.

 

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