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Want to Live in Ireland? This Idyllic Island Off the Donegal Coast Is Looking for New Residents

By Andrea Smith, Lonely Planet Writer
January 12, 2022
A view of the cliffs on Arranmore Island, Ireland
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Arranmore Island offers gorgeous cliffs, beaches, fresh seafood, friendly locals—and high-speed connectivity.

An Irish island is looking to reverse over a century of emigration that has seen its population drop to just 469 people.

The beautiful Arranmore Island is located about three miles off the coast of Donegal, and is also known by its Irish name, Árain Mhór. It has just gone through the biggest advancement in its recent history by becoming the recipient of Ireland’s first offshore digital hub. Its community has written open letters to the people of the U.S. and Australia offering their services on the work front, and also presenting them with the unique opportunity of swapping the hustle and bustle of city life for the calm and beauty of Arranmore.

Natural Beauty & High-Speed Connectivity

Ringed by dramatic cliffs, cavernous sea caves and clean sandy beaches, the island measures just 5.5 x 3 miles. Irish is the main language spoken on Arranmore Island, although most residents also speak English. The community says that traditional industries such as farming and fishing are not enough of a draw to keep young people from leaving the island, but that has changed now that high-speed connectivity has been extended to the island’s schools, medical centre and a number of local businesses and community facilities.

The community feels that this makes Arranmore a more attractive place for families and business people to live and work remotely, and reveals that its local talent includes graphic designers, games developers, app developers, photographers and a host of artisan craftspeople. It is hoping that US citizens looking for a change of pace will consider relocating to live there.

An Easy Commute

“Your commute, no matter where you are, will only ever be five minutes,” it says in its U.S. letter. “You’ll have the best diving in Ireland on your doorstep and seafood to rival the tastiest New England chowder. There are fewer people here than would fit in a couple of Amtrak train cars, but enough musicians and good Irish whiskey to keep the party going well into the night.”

Here's How to Contact Arranmore Island's Community

Anyone wishing to connect with Arranmore’s community can send them a message via their Facebook page here.

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