cycling along the clare coast

Cycling along the Clare Coast

Cycling along the Clare coast would take Karli the Australian cyclist from Quilty to Doolin on her first leg of the journey. Along the way, she would experience the differences in the Irish landscape. She would see cute cottages, huge cliffs, gloomy waves and deep caves. She would also experience the famous Irish hospitality in […]

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Gaisce PAL Training

Gaisce PAL Training

This September saw two of our Head Office staff make the short journey to Phoenix Park to take part in Gaisce PAL Training. As part of our new strategy, An Óige has been working to establish official links with other youth organisations and what better way to start then with the President’s Award? A photo […]

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Brisbane to Nenagh map

First Impressions of Ireland

When you are coming from Australia to cycle along the Wild Atlantic Way you have to first get used to the Irish landscape (or you’ll fall off the bike looking at all the green fields). Luckily for Karli, the intrepid Ozzie cyclist, she had relatives in Tipperary who could take her in and allow her […]

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sleep for peace

Hostels Sleep For Peace in 2016

“Gonna start a revolution from my bed” – Noel Gallagher, singer, Oasis In September every year, youth hostels sleep for peace in a global project to promote and strengthen the ideals of international unity. It happens on September 21st every year as this is the International Day of Peace. Since 1982 the United Nations have […]

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culture night 2016

Top 12 events for Culture Night 2016

Every year we get more events for Culture Night promises to be bigger and better than previously! This year over 350,000 people are expected to take part in Culture Night. Over 900 venues around the island will open their doors to the public on Friday 16 September to celebrate culture, creativity and the arts. The […]

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cycle the wild atlantic way

Why I chose to cycle the wild atlantic way

G’day fellow travellers. My name is Karli and I’m a 25 year old from Brisbane, Australia and I am on a mission to cycle the Wild Atlantic Way. I have wanted to visit Ireland for as long as I can remember. My interest in Ireland came initially from…please don’t judge me…Enya. My mum refused to […]

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New chairperson of An Óige

YHA England and Wales AGM 2016

Only a couple of weeks into my new role as Chairperson of An Óige, I was warmly invited by YHA England and Wales to be a key note speaker at their 2016 AGM held in the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on July 9th.  I accepted without trepidation.  YHA have long been good friends of An […]

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administration intern

10 annoying questions we get asked about youth hostels in Ireland

Over the years our Head Office in Dublin has received bag loads of odd questions about youth hostels in Ireland. A few of them keep appearing. We already have an official FAQ page so we thought we would put together a definitive list of answers to some of the more interesting questions 1. Is An […]

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knockree conservation volunteers

Knockree Conservation Volunteers

Since we last met, the An Óige Conservation Group they have been busy as bees with their green efforts around Knockree Hostel. While their woodland area has been the main focus of attention in the past, in recent years it became obvious that the remaining three quarters of the site (18 Ha / 45acres) needed […]

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sale of glenasmole valley

Sale of Glenasmole Valley

The recent news about the sale of Glenasmole Valley by NAMA in the Dublin Mountains has upset many people who enjoy the outdoors in the Dublin/Wicklow region. After an online petition was circulated to the public it looks like action may be taken to resolve the matter. In the meantime, we strongly urge our government […]

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