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Arranmore Island invites Americans to move there...

 
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https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/remote-irish-island-arranmore-invites-america-to-connect-300859933.html

It's a beautiful island in all the photos, which are undoubtedly in summertime.  Notably, however, there are no visible trees so this island is very likely inside the Arctic circle.  If a trained builder of rocket mass heaters were to move there, and a suitable fuel source is actually available in this region of Ireland, that builder would have access to a large portion of Ireland in order to offer his/her professional services; as the island is only 3 miles from the Irish "mainland", 5 miles from an airport and connected by a daily ferry.

Since it's only 3 miles from shore, why did it take so long for the island to get a broadband internet service?
 
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Creighton Samuels wrote:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/remote-irish-island-arranmore-invites-america-to-connect-300859933.html

It's a beautiful island in all the photos, which are undoubtedly in summertime.  Notably, however, there are no visible trees so this island is very likely inside the Arctic circle.  If a trained builder of rocket mass heaters were to move there, and a suitable fuel source is actually available in this region of Ireland, that builder would have access to a large portion of Ireland in order to offer his/her professional services; as the island is only 3 miles from the Irish "mainland", 5 miles from an airport and connected by a daily ferry.

Since it's only 3 miles from shore, why did it take so long for the island to get a broadband internet service?



None of Ireland is in the arctic circle. They probably just cut all the trees down long long ago to graze more and never planted new ones. As to why they don't have highspeed internet, I could probably go about 10 miles here on the US mainland to find a lack of highspeed internet, so I'm guessing it's just a rural place that hasn't had a need to justify the investment.
 
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Yes, I noticed my error almost immediately.  Apparently the Irish nearly denuded their islands of native forests in the 16th & 17th century in the rush to build ships.  The island of Arranmore has roughly the same latitude as Nova Scotia, and since it's right on the ocean in the direct flow of the North Atlantic Circulation, it should have a marginally better winter climate.  I'd bet that seeing the sunshine between November and April is pretty rare, however.  So a permie that moved there could start their own deciduous forest, and be harvesting fuelwood in about 6 years.  This is just about the ideal region for a trained RMH builder.  If cut during wintertime, a lot of deciduous species will immediately start to regrow from the stump in spring, and faster than the original seedling because the new sprout will be able to draw upon the reserves in the root that the old tree no longer requires. And this island is not small, so it's probably got some good land available; for a permie's forest, not ag.  As the Duke has pointed out many times, land that can support modern mechanized agriculture is always going to be too expensive for permies to do well.
 
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It looks great, but I wonder how it will be affected by rising sea levels
 
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James Landreth wrote:It looks great, but I wonder how it will be affected by rising sea levels



Mostly high coastal cliffs and a peak at over 400 feet above sea level, putting it on par with my home state of Kentucky.  So while the current sandy beaches might cease to exist within a century, the vast majority of the island's landmass will be unaffected.
 
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stephen lowe wrote:

Creighton Samuels wrote:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/remote-irish-island-arranmore-invites-america-to-connect-300859933.html

It's a beautiful island in all the photos, which are undoubtedly in summertime.  Notably, however, there are no visible trees so this island is very likely inside the Arctic circle.  If a trained builder of rocket mass heaters were to move there, and a suitable fuel source is actually available in this region of Ireland, that builder would have access to a large portion of Ireland in order to offer his/her professional services; as the island is only 3 miles from the Irish "mainland", 5 miles from an airport and connected by a daily ferry.

Since it's only 3 miles from shore, why did it take so long for the island to get a broadband internet service?



None of Ireland is in the arctic circle. They probably just cut all the trees down long long ago to graze more and never planted new ones. As to why they don't have highspeed internet, I could probably go about 10 miles here on the US mainland to find a lack of highspeed internet, so I'm guessing it's just a rural place that hasn't had a need to justify the investment.



Haha. We don't have broadband internet here in Wyoming. LOL
 
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It's a USDA zone 8 I would guess with a heatzone 1-2 WET and very windy, it probably never did have trees at least not on the west of the island looking at the satellite it's mainly rock on the west coast Not somewhere I would want to try to grow much to be honest, not much seasonal variation and cool cloudy summers coupled with high winds.
 
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North West Montana either, No internet without a hard line or satellite and no cell service, except at certain spots on the highway.  

I like it this way just fine :)
 
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Skandi Rogers wrote:It's a USDA zone 8 I would guess with a heatzone 1-2 WET and very windy, it probably never did have trees at least not on the west of the island looking at the satellite it's mainly rock on the west coast Not somewhere I would want to try to grow much to be honest, not much seasonal variation and cool cloudy summers coupled with high winds.



Great place for a small wind turbine, it sounds like.
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