About Us

80 Years Young and counting….

For 80 years now, An Óige – the Irish Youth Hostel Association (IYHA or YHA Ireland), has been providing safe, affordable accommodation and travel experiences to those travelling Ireland as backpackers, groups, or families.  It is a non-profit organisation with a focus on its guests and providing the best budget accommodation in Ireland as is possible.

“An Óige” is Gaelige for “The Youth” which explains the main objective of An Óige which is:

To help all, but especially young people, to a love and appreciation of the countryside, particularly by providing simple hostel accommodation for them whilst on their travels.

Since its inception in 1931, An Óige has expanded and added hostels and franchise hostels to its network as well as losing some hostels due to wear and tear and various incidents along the way!

An Óige is a non-profit membership organisation founded in 1931 to encourage youths to appreciate the Irish countryside through hostelling. Now, 80 years on, we have 21 youth hostels located countrywide providing budget, good quality accommodation for travellers just like yourself, looking for adventure and fun. As of 2012, An Óige consists of 21 youth hostels around Ireland, with 9 of its own An Óige hostels and 12 franchise hostels of varying standards and locations around the Republic of Ireland. Nowadays hostels range from high quality city centre buildings with hundreds of beds to small hostels in rural settings.

An Óige is part of a worldwide network of national organisations belonging to the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF). This entire network, known as Hostelling International (www.hihostels.com), offers more than 4,000 hostels in over 90 countries.

The Aims of An Óige

An Óige, the Irish Youth Hostel Association has as its charitable aims the following:

1.    To help all, but especially young people, to a love and appreciation of the countryside, particularly by providing simple hostel accommodation for them whilst on their travels.

2.    To foster an appreciation of the Irish cultural and historical heritage

3.    To co-operate with other organisations for the following purposes:

(a)    to preserve the beauties of the countryside.

(b)    to secure and mark rights of way and other foot paths.

4.    To co-operate with kindred associations in other countries.

5.    To take any other steps calculated to further such objectives.

We feel these aims remain largely relevant today and should remain at the heart of what An Óige is all about.

Memorandum & Articles of Association

If you have any queries about An Óige or wish to learn more about the organisation, please contact us directly and we’ll do our best to help you out!

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