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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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An Óige Squadron

Like many other nations in World War 2, Ireland organised itself to defend the country against foreign invasion (although they were not sure who was going to invade – Britain or Germany). As a relatively new organisation with an active membership, An Óige was keen to be of service. When a call was put out […]

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Geocaching near Hostels in Ireland

People come to Hostels in Ireland for a number of different reasons. One of the latest activities that attracts people is geocaching. This is a high tech global scavenger hunt which involves looking for hidden treasure while following directions from satellites in space. Our hostels are perfect bases for this new pursuit. Flip the Switch […]

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Volunteer profile – George King

  George King, former president of An Óige would like to share his final words of wisdom before stepping  down. 1. What makes our mission meaningful to you? Seeing so many people young, and not so young, utilizing  the facilities and the opportunities we present to explore and  enjoy the countryside. 2. What was your highpoint […]

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