An Óige has a new president!


An Óige, the Irish Youth Hostel Association, has a new President! Noted sports journalist George King! He was a former Sports Editor of the Sunday Independent and Chief Sports Sub Editor of the Irish Independent. George is taking over from Norman Campion who has retired after eight years in the position.

George king besides a sports wagon
In my day we used bikes

A little bit of history..

George joined Independent Newspapers as a sports reporter in 1950, and in 1958 was appointed to the Sunday Independent as Ireland’s youngest national newspaper sports editor. He retired from the position after 21 years and re-joined the Irish Independent. When he retired in 1991 after over 40 years with the firm he held the position of Chief Sports Sub-editor.

He joined An Óige in 1948 and on his retirement from Independent Newspapers became very active helping out as relief warden in hostels all over the country. He was elected to the National Council  in 1995 and is still an active member. He was a member of the special committee set up to examine the structures  of the Association  and rewrite the constitution in order to transform  An Óige into a Limited Company. George was elected to the Board of Directors in 2006 and served for six years. In recent rimes his main priority has been the iconic Glenmalure Hostel in Co Wicklow. He was one of the prime movers in the foundation of the Friends of Glenmalure a group of voluntary wardens set up to man, maintain and develop the  hostel. He holds the position of honorary treasurer.

He is not only an active An Óige member!

George has a long history of voluntary service. When the National Association for the Deaf was formed in 1964 he immediately became involved and served as a director for over 30 years and as chairman from 1989 to 1992. During this time he represented the Association in many negotiations with Government ministers and statutory bodies. He founded and edited the association’s magazine Link in 1968, retiring after 21 years as editor when taking on the position of NAD Chairman. Appointed in 1975 as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Minister for Education on the Education of the Deaf, he chaired the committee for most of its fourteen year existence.

Our new president was a great supporter of the now defunct Waterford International Festival of Light Opera and served for over twenty years on the Reception Committee. He played leading roles with many Dublin musical societies and is a former Hon Treasurer of the Eastern Region of the Association of Musical Societies.

A fine all-round sportsman in his youth George was mostly associated with the CYM club in Terenure whom he represented at soccer, rugby, tennis, table tennis and badminton. He played  Gaelic Football with Synge Street, hockey with the defunct Newtimes club, and, for over 40 years, has been a member of Donabate Golf Club.

George King is a founder member of the Irish Soccer Writers Association, the Press Radio and TV Golfing Society;  the Dublin Journalists Golfing Society and is the last surviving member of the original panel of Sports Editors  who selected the Caltex (later Texaco) Sports Stars of the Year Awards.

Let’s give George a warm welcome in his new position! Leave him a message in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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