With President Obama and Queen Elizabeth now confirmed their visits to Ireland it seems that a third of all Irish Americans would consider buying a house in Ireland with just under 10% saying that Donegal would be their preferred destination.
The survey conducted by Amárach Research revealed that more than half of Irish-American retirees say they would consider splitting their time between the U.S. and Ireland.
There was a bit of a downside in the survey as he research showed that Ireland scored badly as a place to do business but ranked high when it came to hospitality and friendliness.
The survey was carried out last week when Ireland enjoyed extensive public and favourable profile in the US with An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny’s visit, the numerous parades and President Obama’s announcement that he was visiting in early Summer.
It seems that at least for one week our financial woes were cast aside.
Over half of those surveyed said their main motivation for buying property in Ireland would be for a personal or family holiday home in Ireland and preferably in a rural location.
In the survey Galway ranked top of the preferred locations with Cork/Kerry next and Donegal a close third.
Almost sixty percent of those surveyed said they location was influenced by their links to ancestral origins and heritage.