Arranmore known as a traditional fishing island is looking now to become an ultimate tourist destination.

A architectural competition was announced to design suitable self catering accommodation on Arranmore Island in County Donegal. The design chosen was by architects O'Dowd, O'Herlihy and Horan who won the first ever competition for Irish holiday homes in Ireland - the Irish Architecture Regional Award 1998.

This was organised by The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland on behalf of Comharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhóir Teo. The project was backed by Údarás na Gaeltachta and Donegal County Council with cooperation from the Integrated Rural Development Programme and Bord Fáilte.

Pat The Cope Gallagher, Minister for The Gaeltacht asks is there a more natural place in Ireland for people to visit than this "beautiful island" and believes

Arranmore can be very easily sold to people who want to get away from the sun ... and crowded beaches of the Mediterranean.

Tony Gallagher, Arranmore Cooperative says further developments are planned for future tourists including a pitch and putt course and natural walking trails to complement the existing beautiful beaches and clear waters of Donegal.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 June 1991. The reporter is Eileen Magnier.