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Arranmore islanders ask people not to visit 'til April

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Islanders on the outcrop, which is 5km off the mainland, say they are discouraging people from visiting them.

Islanders on the outcrop, which is 5km off the mainland, say they are discouraging people from visiting them.

Islanders on the outcrop, which is 5km off the mainland, say they are discouraging people from visiting them.

An island community off the coast of Co Donegal has put itself into self-isolation in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Arranmore Island, which has a population of around 450, is now asking people not to visit them until the end of March.

Letters

Islanders on the outcrop, which is 5km off the mainland, say they are discouraging people from visiting them.

It's a far cry from last year when islanders wrote letters to communities in America and Australia asking people to settle on the island in a bid to reverse the decline in population. The campaign coincided with the opening of a digital hub on the island, with high-speed broadband supporting 13 digital desks for remote working.

The hub, which was partly-funded by Three Ireland, features in a popular television advert which was shot on the island.

Arranmore's development co-op, An Comharchumann, together with other island-based community groups, are liaising continuously with one other and with individuals regarding the coronavirus.