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The Irish government has launched an enticing initiative to attract new residents to any of the thirty beautiful little islands eligible for the scheme.
If you purchase a house constructed before 1993 which has been left uninhabited for at least two years, you will receive a generous bounty of up to €84,000 (£72,000)! The catch is that this cash incentive can't be blown on a holiday of a lifetime or snazzy new designer clothing, it has to be reinvested into the ruin of a property you've now bought.
So basically to receive the cash incentive, you will have to buy a property on a rural Irish island, that was built before 1993 and has been vacant for at least two years. Then once you receive the grant money, it can only be used for renovation purposes to build your own little Irish paradise.
Whether you're seriously considering moving there or you're ready to embark on an adventure to these magnificent Irish islands, here's a rundown of some of the gorgeous little islands included in this initiative.
📍 Arranmore Island
Situated off the northwest coast of Ireland, Arranmore Island is the second-largest island in the country and an ideal destination for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience. It's located near the renowned Wild Atlantic Way, which spans the entire west coast of Ireland.
You can head off on exhilarating hikes, admire majestic cliffs, scuba dive in crystal-clear waters, or do a spot of dolphin-watching.
Arranmore is a short 15-minute ferry ride away from the mainland. While there are limited hotel options on the island, there are a few campsites, glamping sites, and a holiday village. Alternatively, there are several hotel options near Burtonport, the nearest mainland town to Arranmore.
📍 Inis Mór Island
Nestled in Galway Bay, Inis Mór Island is one of the three islands that make up the Aran Islands archipelago. This archipelago is wild, and untamed, and serves as Ireland's last outpost before heading towards American coasts.
Here, nature harmoniously coexists with a rich cultural heritage. You can hang out with seals, explore fascinating prehistoric forts, immerse yourself in Gaelic culture, or treat yourself to a cozy hand-knit Aran sweater the islands are known for.
Unsurprisingly, the largest of the Aran Islands served as the backdrop for the Oscar-nominated film "The Banshees of Inisherin," starring renowned Irish actor, Colin Farrell.
📍 Clare Island
Continuing our exploration along Ireland's west coast, let us immerse ourselves in the tranquility and serenity of Clare Island. In the 16th century, this island gained fame through Grace O'Malley, a formidable pirate woman (who might just be our ancestor 😉) known for her remarkable influence!
A true haven for hikers, Clare Island offers breathtaking panoramas of cliffs, the Atlantic Ocean, and a multitude of sheep that roam the island 🐑.
Don't miss the opportunity to embark on an excursion to this hidden gem, accessible via a quick 20-minute ferry ride from the mainland!
This time, our voyage takes us to Bere Island in County Cork, southwest Ireland! Whether you choose to explore on foot or by bike, this small, untamed island will captivate you with its generous expanses of lush green meadows and the warm hospitality of its inhabitants.