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Bracken Trampling Volunteers

  We are looking for Bracken Trampling Volunteers. With the success of our ongoing conservation work in Wicklow we are holding another bracken trampling event at Knockree Youth Hostel at 11am on Saturday the 29th of July. We are looking for volunteers to do some bracken trampling for a few hours (or whatever time you […]

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Bat Workshop in Knockree Youth Hostel

When we heard there was going to be a bat workshop in Knockree Youth Hostel last Wednesday 5th of July we knew it would be an interesting evening for our Conservation Group. Bats as a species are up there with snakes and teenagers when it comes to bad press. We knew from previous visits to […]

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Hostel Companion Application

Everyone needs a hostel companion for an adventure. Someone who has got your back and who can remember the way home if you suddenly lose the run of yourself (which can happen to the best of us) and you forget where you are. Most of us just find these special people by chance. To speed […]

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Volunteer Profile – Dave Fadden

This month we catch up with the new President of An Óige, Dave Fadden who has taken over from George King. 1.What makes our mission meaningful to you? An Óige challenges young people to  embrace travel in an adventurous way particularly by foot or by bike. This is something  that can alter a person’s whole approach […]

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Board Profile – Sarah Johnston

Sarah Johnston, one of our board members, is a hosteller who is not afraid to think outside of the box and speak her mind. In this interview you can read about her experiences, opinions on environmental issues and the problems facing our youth today and the things she considers the small pleasures in life. 1. […]

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Hellfire Club

The Hell Fire Club situated on the top of Montpelier Hill in the Dublin mountains has been a popular destination for family outings for generations of Dubliners. It’s a challenging climb to get to the top but once you do get there, you are richly rewarded by spectacular panoramic views over Dublin city and its […]

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Gaisce: The benefits of learning

Earlier this year An Óige teamed up with Gaisce – The President’s Award to become official Challenge Partners. Doing the Gaisce gives you the potential to learn a huge amount skills you might never have thought would be useful. An Óige volunteers have been ensuring young people and teachers make it back from their Bronze […]

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World Environmental Day

World Environmental Day, in special honour of our life sponsor: Planet Earth.     Let’s start with a brief overview of what this day is all about… World Environment Day (WED) – 5th of June every year, so for all of you nature lovers, put it in your calendar. This day is all about encouraging environmental […]

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Wombles and Nature

In 1969, Elisabeth Beresford published the first iteration of The Wombles and went on to write a further five novels about Wimbledon’s noblest residents. How could she envision the importance of her creations? The burrow living, nature loving, rubbish collecting, pointy nosed fur balls soon became public favorites and eventually gained two stints on our […]

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Supporting Youth Travel with ISSU

  On June 1st  An Óige, the Irish Youth Hostel Association, and the Irish Second-Level Students Union, launched their new partnership to make summer getaways in Ireland more affordable and accessible for students. In recent years An Óige has been reaching out to even more young people, to encourage them to explore and travel around […]

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