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Why Portrush and Portstewart deserve better as the grubbiness of the north coast has become impossible to defend

Eimear McGovern


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The north coast is regarded for its beaches such as Portrush Strand

The north coast is regarded for its beaches such as Portrush Strand

The north coast is regarded for its beaches such as Portrush Strand

A recent spell of hotly anticipated warm weather has brought visitors in their thousands to the north coast to settle with their picnic blankets on Portstewart Strand or go for ice-cream in Portrush, making the most of whatever summer we’ll get in this part of the world.

Nostalgia is a powerful thing and, as someone who has lived here for just a few years, already my memories of happy times spent in this part of the world — where my husband asked me to marry him, for example, or the giddy walk we took after we found out I was expecting a baby, or even just the times we’ve barbecued or read our books on the beach — are beginning to make me fond of this place.


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