Cycling along the Wild Atlantic Way

Cycling along the Wild Atlantic Way

Cycling along the Wild Atlantic Way from Doolin to Galway We catch up with Karli the Australian cyclist as she moves on into the next stage of her trip, going from Doolin to Galway. It was a good job that the night before my 86km cycle along the Wild Atlantic Way from Doolin to Galway I […]

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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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boyne valley

Places to visit in the Boyne Valley

Best places to visit in the Boyne Valley A couple of weeks ago we went on a short two day trip to the Boyne valley, a place most well-known for Newgrange. There is a lot to be seen in the area that can be traced back to Ireland’s ancient past. The Newgrange tomb is 400 […]

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wicklow way

Walking the Wicklow Way

One of our members got in touch with us last year because they wanted to write a piece for our blog about their latest adventure.We are always looking for hostellers to share their stories with us so we were delighted. Introducing Sheila Kilduff… So finally after years of living on its doorstep I managed to […]

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exhibition man taking picture

Exhibition of Photography

  The 78th Annual Competition & Exhibition of Photography!   The An Óige Photographic Group is an amateur group catering for photographers since 1938 – it’s the longest running activity group within An Óige. Our Group meets every Wednesday night organizing digital presentations, lectures, Club Nights and a Photographic League for its members. Our premises is […]

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The Wicklow Way through my eyes..

  The Wicklow Way through my eyes.. .. the eyes of a girl who lives in a country as flat as a pancake! My name is Imke, and I will be travelling to the different hostels of an Óige as an intern. I will be telling you the story of how I walked part of The […]

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outdoor activity resolutions

Outdoor Activity Resolutions

We never made outdoor activity resolutions before in An Óige. We just go hostelling and things naturally happen.  In 2015, along with sending young people to stay in our hostels on adventure weekends, we also took a few trips ourselves to explore our network of hostels. We went horse-riding in Donegal, storytelling in Cape Clear, […]

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water activities in galway

Water Activities in Ireland

The great thing about our hostels is that they are ideal locations for water activities in Ireland. We have lakes, rivers and puddles galore. We get a few drops of rain now and then. We have a sea to the east and an ocean on the west so we are surrounded by water. As 10 […]

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clare island activity weekends

Clare Island Activity Weekends

When it comes to activity weekends, our new franchise hostel in Clare Island is worth hopping on a boat for. This is all down to the Hostel Manager in the Go Explore Hostel, Carl O’ Grady. He is forever coming up with new ideas to attract visitors to this wild island off the coast of […]

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photography weekend

Photography Weekend in Glendalough

Photography Weekend, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow   Back in May, 18 members of the An Óige Photographic Group attended a photography weekend in Glendalough Hostel in the picturesque surroundings of the Wicklow Mountains. The photography weekend began with a welcome meeting hosted by Peter Gallagher (LIPPA) on Friday night at which he unveiled the plan for […]

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