There is something about being happy in life that really is important to all of us. It doesn’t matter what our goals or aspirations happen to be, it can all be traced back to our personal happiness. If you would like some happiness along with some peace, you might enjoy living on a small island in Ireland. It is serving up everything you need for a happy life in full measure.
If you are looking at a map, you will find it listed as Arranmore Island. Most people who live there consider it to be a literal paradise. That being said, the number of individuals currently living on the island are only 469. Ireland would like to increase that number.
At one point, people were hesitant to move to the island because it didn’t have a reliable Internet connection. Today, it is home to the first offshore digital hub in Ireland. Remote workers will be able to call this island home comfortably.
Ireland is also doing what they can to get people to make the move. They are sending letters to citizens in the United States and Australia, asking them to give the island a chance. About 150 years ago, a famine in Ireland caused the population to decrease significantly. They would like to rectify that situation.
“Your commute, no matter where you are, will only ever be five minutes,” the letter to the U.S. reads. “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.”
A hashtag was even formed for the incentive, #ComingHome. They would like people who move to the island to have no difficulties when doing so. The island is remote and you can’t see the mainland from the shore so being self-sufficient is important.
Although there are only a few miles that separate the two sides of the island, there are plenty of things to see and do. It is home to caves, miles of beautiful beaches and large cliffs. Those who live on the island tend to lead a nomadic, digital lifestyle. Previously, farmers and fishermen called it home.
Those who have an artistic edge may also find the island ambiance to be to their liking.
The Facebook page for the island talks about how it is like living a vacation all year long. Tourists can also enjoy the island and they are good for the economy. They have shared pictures of people enjoying sailing, swimming, kayaking, and volleyball.
The website says that the island is ‘wild and untamed’. There are trails marked throughout the island allowing you to explore and rock arches allow you to get a great view of the surrounding area.
“Arranmore Island, or Árainn Mhór, is situated off the coast of County Donegal on the magnificent Wild Atlantic Way touring route where land meets sea,” the website says. “The island has a rich and vibrant heritage and culture and has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The Gaelic traditions are still thriving on Arranmore Island and if you are looking for a real taste of island life, then this is definitely not to be missed on your Donegal adventure.”
If you enjoy living life after the sun goes down, there is plenty to do on the island as well. Pubs tend to be a gathering location and the Guinness flows like wine. There are also festivals and events that take place throughout the year so you can enjoy live music, art and much more.
You may find December to be a little chilly but even the gray skies are beautiful. The warmer summer months are balmy and it is cooler in January.
The island also has some modern provisions, including pubs, a general store and a post office.
If you get an invitation in the mail, it may be worth considering.