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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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Connemara in Springtime

  Connemara in springtime is now sitting on our doorstep and it’s the time of year to plan the next adventure. You could do worse than head for Connemara where the water and the sky mix in the sunlight. Come with us to view this fairy tale landscape. 1. Firstly, we start off with a […]

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Staff Profile – Annemarie Lambe

This month we catch up with Annemarie Lambe who until recently was one of the longest serving staff members in Head Office in the accounts department. What three traits define you? Loyalty, Kindness, Determination.  What is your personal philosophy? I don’t like drama; I need calm in my life.  What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? Breakfast; […]

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Volunteer Profile – Billy Duffin

”Life is short, so we must make it count!” – Some inspirational words from Billy Duffin, a true Irishman whose soft spots include a pint of Guinness and a breathtaking view of the Glenmalure Valley. 1. What three traits define you?  Stubborn, listener, joker. 2. What is your personal philosophy?  We only get one life so […]

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Earth Day 2017

Since 1970, April 22nd has been assigned as Earth Day, the day when everyone is urged to take action to solve the major environmental issues facing the world. For example, the landmark climate protection Paris Agreement was signed by some 175 countries, including Ireland, on Earth Day 2016. The theme for this year’s Earth Day was […]

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Hostels in Ireland in Spring

One of the questions we always get in An Óige High Command is what to expect in the hostels in Ireland in Spring. What will the weather be like, what is there to do, where are the best places to explore near the hostels? With 24 hostels in the network and a diverse bunch of […]

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Youth Travel

Despite recent fake news, we are more dedicated than ever to providing opportunities for affordable youth travel in Ireland. Providing young people with the opportunity to explore Ireland is one of the main reasons why An Óige exists. We were set up in 1931 to help young people travel in Ireland and we still have […]

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An Aosta

After 86 years of providing safe accommodation for young people, The Irish Youth Hostel Association will rebrand this year as An Aosta, which translates to “The Older”. After several difficult years, through recessions and depressions, An Óige has made this decision in an effort to cater exclusively to the over 35s market. An Óige’s current […]

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12 Travel Tips for Young People in Ireland

Travel tips for young people in Ireland tend to concentrate on the over 25s with plenty of money. Younger people tend to be forgotten about when it comes to travel. No more. We think Ireland is one of the most amazing countries in the world to explore for under 25s. You can’t get closer. It […]

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8 Tips for your Gaisce Adventure Journey

The Gaisce Adventure Journey is often the most intimidating and fondly remembered part of the entire Gaisce experience. An Óige has recently teamed up with Gaisce to help cater for those doing the Adventure Journey for the Bronze award. If you’re not used to being active outdoors you could be nervous about experiencing the wilds […]

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