BRIDGET CANTWELL

Staff Profile – Bridget Cantwell

Bridget Cantwell works in the Reservations Department in Head Office in Dublin where she takes care of reservations for our volunteer hostels, franchise hostels and Hostelling International Groups. We sat down with her for a cup of tea and a chat to see what she is like when she is not chasing hostel managers on […]

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Domhnall at Victoria Falls

Board Member Domhnall Egan

This month our Fireside chat is with An Óige board member Domhnall Egan. We caught up with him after one of our board committee meetings. 1. What makes our mission meaningful to you? Hosteling offers young people who aren’t into the traditional sports, games and groups an opportunity to explore the world, meet new people […]

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volunteer award

Volunteer Award for Gaisce Guide

Cyril McFeeney was the first recipient of a Volunteer Award last week in An Óige. Amazingly, we have never done them before. In the old days hostelers had a duty they had to perform in order to stay in a hostel. There was an expectation that a stay in a hostel involved helping to keep […]

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Seagulls

First Impressions of Dublin

First impressions can tell a lot about people and their culture if you take note. Being in Dublin for my semester abroad, I’ve discovered so far that the Irish are (obviously) kind, friendly and open, but also patient, detail-oriented and have a great sense of humor. When I was asked to write a piece about my […]

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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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george king

An Óige has a new president!

  An Óige, the Irish Youth Hostel Association, has a new President! Noted sports journalist George King! He was a former Sports Editor of the Sunday Independent and Chief Sports Sub Editor of the Irish Independent. George is taking over from Norman Campion who has retired after eight years in the position. A little bit […]

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The Connemara Giant

The Connemara Giant

  Roy and I made a trip up to Ben Lettery Hostel in Connemara yesterday. When we were almost there he said there was something he wanted to show me. As enthusiastic as I am I couldn’t get my camera in my hands fast enough! While I was wondering what it could be that he […]

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cape clear storytelling festival

Cape Clear Storytelling Festival

Last year Monika from Poland spent some months with An Óige as an admin intern while staying in Dublin International Hostel. This did not stop her from travelling around the rest of the country checking out as many of the hostels in Ireland as she could. One of her favourite hostels to visit was the […]

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