Irish island of Arranmore asks Americans to consider moving there

 eu.usatoday.com  06/14/2019 21:53:00   Adrienne Jordan

The craggy-cliffedIrish island of Arranmore, now down to its last 469 residents, is recruiting new residents to help boost itsdwindling population.

The island's residents are determined to keep their traditions, community, and infrastructure alive,according to reports byCNN and ABC News. Islanders have started to writeletters to the people in the United States and Australia, asking them to consider moving there.

Arranmore, whose Galeic name isArainn Mhor, is located off the northwest coast of County Donegal.(Although County Donegalis situated inthe northern part of the country, it ispart of the Republic of Ireland, a member nation of the European Union.)

Arranmore'stourism websitedescribes the islandas "wild and untamed; carrying rich, Gaelic traditions;and avibrant heritage and culture on an island that has been inhabited since prehistoric times."

In case you feel compelled to share photos of Arranmore'sInstagram-worthy coast, the island would like you to know it boastshigh-speed internet and a newly-opened shared digital work space it hopes will appeal to remote workers.

Digital professionalswho come will find locals ready to collaborate,includinga graphic designer, a mobile games developer, a photographer and an app developer. (However, the island isn't offering financial incentives.)

"We're the most connected island in the world," Arranmore Island Community Council member Adrian Begley told CNN and ABC. He says organizers have gotten "hundreds and hundreds" of responses since publishing their letters, which explain the reason for the island's population decline.

"Traditional industries such as fishing and farming just aren't enough of a draw to keep young people here anymore," one letter obtained by CNN and ABC read. "It's been a challenge for people to work here. Until now."

The letters seem tailored to disillusionedcity dwellers and suburbanites:"if you're looking for a change of pace, why not come here?Your commute, no matter where you are, will only ever be five minutes."

The letters also describe the island's attractions, which include amenities you'd expect from an Irish town like great musicians, whiskey and Guinness on tap.

But the island also offers things one might not expect:scuba diving, bird watching areas,rock climbing, boating, electric bikes and "seafood to rival the tastiest New England clam chowder."

USA TODAY has reached out to Tourism Ireland for comment.

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