Letter: Irish island is calling for new residents.
An Irish island with just 469 residents is appealing to Americans and Australians in an effort to increase the population of the remote community.
Arranmore Island is located just three miles off the coast of Donegal and is perfect for those who want a quieter, more laid-back life, according to those who currently live there.
In addition to offering potential residents a scenic coastal city to call home, the island also has other perks – including high-speed internet.
After undergoing a recent technological advancement, Arranmore has been transformed into an offshore digital hub, making it appropriate for young professionals and their families.
According to an open letter addressed to residents in Australia, Arranmore’s internet speeds are now comparable to “any office in Sydney or Melbourne”.
Previously, the island of cliffs and beaches had been comprised of mostly fishing and farming industries – which wasn’t “enough of a draw to keep young people here anymore”.
Now, however, the community says Arranmore is home to residents who work in a range of careers, from graphic designers and app developers to photographers.
If fast internet speeds and seclusion weren’t appealing enough, the promise of a short commute may convince those intrigued by the offer.
In a recent letter to “the people of America,” the island said: “Your commute, no matter where you are, will only ever be five minutes. 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 carriages, but enough musicians and good Irish whiskey to keep the party going well into the night.”