Ireland is soliciting New Yorkers to live on this stunning island
A small island off the northwest coast of Ireland has launched an unusual campaign to lure new residents there to bolster its population and make its community “sustainable.”
Arranmore Island — an eight-square-mile landmass with a population of some 500 people, per the last census — has sent out letters asking people to live there and work remotely, according to ABC News.
Potential residents from any country are welcome to move there, but the push so far has targeted folks in New York and Australia, where previous island residents emigrated during the Irish diaspora.
A perk for them all? Recently revamped internet service. Connections were traditionally a bit poor, but now there’s high-speed broadband connection, giving “connectivity that is as good as any office in New York City,” says the Arranmore Island Community Council in a letter shared to New Yorkers that was posted on Facebook.
There are no financial incentives to making the move across the pond — unlike the US state of Vermont, which last year said it would give new residents up to $10,000 for moving there to work remotely.
But beyond the new internet system, there are other perks.
For one, the island has five bars and a hot dog stand. And it’s pretty easy to get around.
“Your commute, no matter where you are, will only ever be five minutes,” the letter reads.
Arranmore Island is just 3 miles from the Irish mainland, and has a daily ferry service to connect the two. The nearby town of Burtonport has an airport with a 45-minute connection to Dublin.
Plus, there’s tasty fish: “You’ll have … seafood to rival the tastiest of Manhattan Clam Chowders,” the letter continues.
And just because the population is slim, that doesn’t mean the island’s inhabitants aren’t fun.
“There are less people here than would fit in a couple of subway cars, but enough musicians and good Irish whiskey to keep the party going well into the night.”
Arranmore Island is also a beautiful sight. Images show wide expanses of emerald-green fields and panoramic shots of blue Atlantic waters splashing against seaside cliffs.
“Island life is a very unique way of being,” Adrian Begley, the chair of the Arranmore Island Community Council told ABC. “It’s a very unique experience.”
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