- Arranmore is a tiny island off the northwestern coast of Ireland.
- People in Arranmore have written an open letter to citizens of the US to sell their homeland as a great place to live.
- The island is known for scuba diving, great seafood, and beautiful, drastic cliffs.
- Recently, it added high-speed broadband to give remote workers an internet connection that’s “as good as any office in America,” according to the letter.
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People in Arranmore, a tiny, idllyic island off the northwestern coast of Ireland, are trying to recruit Americans to move to their homeland.
Traditionally a home for fishermen and farmers, Aranmore has lost a considerable percentage of its population in recent years as young locals flock to bigger cities for work, according to The Irish Post. Now, a video by Three Ireland details how the islanders are embarking on a project to welcome new neighbors by adding high-speed broadband across the region.
In light of this fundamental change, the people of Arranmore have written an open letter to citizens of the US to sell their beloved island as a great place to live.
Check out 13 beautiful photos of the remote Irish island that could be your new home.
Arranmore is a small island located off the northwestern coast of Ireland.
According to its website, the County Donegal island, also known as Árainn Mhór, has been inhabited since prehistoric times.
The island is rustic and relatively undeveloped, but it boasts undeniable natural beauty.
Arranmore also has sandy, picturesque beaches.
During the summer months, Arranmore’s beaches are as lovely and idyllic as those on any tropical island.
And the island is home to grassy, rolling hills.
It’s no wonder that Arranmore has primarily been home to farmers and fishermen throughout its history.
Arranmore is known for its stellar scuba diving.
Diving spots off the coast of Arranmore such as “Paradise Cavern” and “Green Island” are some of the most spectacular diving sites in all of Ireland, according to Dive Arranmore.
And its location in the Northern Atlantic is said to gives locals access to some of the world’s best seafood.
According to Discover Ireland, visitors and residents can rent boats for “sea angling,” or fishing, to catch “cod, ling, conger eel, pollock, wrasse, skate, turbot, and plaice” in the surrounding waters.
Unlike many more densely populated Irish regions, Arranmore has held fast to its Gaelic traditions.
Féile Árainn Mhór, also known as Féile Róise Rua, is Arranmore’s annual music celebration, according to the festival’s website. Discover Ireland says the celebration gathers artists on the island to perform and shed light on Arranmore’s culture and Irish language.
Despite all it has to offer, Arranmore has been “decimated by emigration” in recent years.
According to The Irish Post, the island has historically been home to fishermen and farmers, but young people are no longer interested in pursuing careers in those fields. As a result, Arranmore’s population has dipped to just 469 people.
“The biggest silence I hear on Arranmore is the sound of children,” one islander said in a video by Three Ireland.
The letter promises that, at most, your morning commute will only be five minutes.
According to Discover Ireland, Arranmore island is approximately five kilometers long and three kilometers wide, or roughly seven square miles, so everything is relatively easy to get to.
Arranmore also recently received access to high-speed broadband for the first time.
The letter boasts that the island’s internet connection is “as good as any office in America.”
“We’re online 24/7 these days,” the letter reads. “We’ve a lot of catching up to do.”
Islanders said that their homeland is officially “open for business.”
The island is already home to “a whole host of multi-talented people […] ready to collaborate,” including graphic designers, photographers, app developers, and skilled craftspeople.
Making a move to this little Irish island doesn’t have to empty your bank account.