On a Friday afternoon as the tide ebbs in front of my window and the suns shines, it is good to be able to work remotely. I sit in a fabulous shared workspace called MODAM which is an acronym for Mol Oifig Digiteach Arainn Mhor (Aranmore Island’s Digital Office Hub), It sits next to the old pier in Leab Garbh and is looked on by curious eyes as daytrippers flow onto the island. We had a number of visitors today from as far afield as Chicago, Illinois and some closer to home from Gaoth Dobhar.
It is a credit to the Arranmore Community Council whose initiative it was to bring young people home and provide a workspace for those that can live far from the madding crowd. The council was set up in 2013, in conjunction with Muintir na Tire whose remit is to empower communities (https://www.muintir.ie/). I know of many living away from this wee rock who will use the opportunity to spend time with family and friends as the summer unfolds. I am sure there are others whose children attend busy schools walking dangerous streets who will plan ahead and consider the move long term.
With 2 ferry services http://www.arranmoreferry.com/ and https://arranmorefastferry.com/ providing excellent services to the mainland port, Burtonport. The fact that the port is a 20 minute drive from Carrickfinn airport. https://www.donegalairport.ie/ makes it truly doable for those of us living in Dublin and Glasgow. Apparently, flights from Southend in the UK are about to be launched shortly.
MODAM can be reached through various locations on the web;
its website is https://modam.work/
facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MODAMremote/
and it is connected with coworkers https://www.coworker.com/ireland/arranmore-island/modam.
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