The number of Americans seeking Irish passports since Donald Trump entered the US presidential race has jumped by 14 percent.
Trump entered the race on June 14 of last year, but the surge in passport applications peaked when the New York billionaire began to look like the shock winner of the Republican primaries.
Trump will face off with Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election on November 7. Clinton herself says she won’t move but expects she will be doing a lot of “shouting at the TV” if Trump wins.
Ireland seems to be one of the top preferred countries of destination for those who say they will not live in a President Trump-led America.
Ironically, the most famous name associated with moving to Ireland is Fox host Bill O'Reilly who pledged to move there if Bernie Sanders is elected.
Meanwhile, a Morning Consult/Vox Poll [published by the Hill Newspaper in Washington DC] showed that 28 percent of Americans stated they would consider leaving if Trump wins.
Google searches for “How do I move to Canada” and “How Do I Move to Ireland” have increased dramatically in the past few months. Cape Breton, a center of Canadian Irish culture, has been especially active in inviting Americans to move.
Among those considering a move away are rock performer and actress Miley Cyrus, comedian Whoopi Goldberg and former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart.
The island of Inishturk off the coast of County Mayo is already advertising itself as an ideal spot for those wishing to come.
"I've heard there are quite a few people in America looking to move to Ireland and to other countries if Donald Trump becomes president," Inishturk Development Officer Mary Heanue told IrishCentral.
"I'd like them to know that we would love to see them consider moving over here."