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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hostel staff in errigal

Friendly Hostel staff in Errigal

This month we pay a visit to one of the friendliest faces in our network – Sinéad O’ Donnell from Dunlewey in Donegal. How did you come to be part of the hostel staff in Errigal? Many moons ago the new Errigal Hostel was built. I had been a waitress before this, and I felt […]

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Volunteer with An Óige – Myles Caulfield

This month we tracked down Myles Caulfield who is a volunteer with An Óige. 1. What was your first hostelling memory? Age 18 in Glenmalure Youth Hostel on my own. Back then hostellers collected the key from Mrs. Nolan who lived in a farmhouse about 2km from the hostel. It has since been demolished. She […]

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christmas traditions around the world

Christmas Traditions around the world

When it comes to Christmas traditions around the world, hostels are great places to find out about them. Our hostel staff are dusting down the decorations and everyone naturally got talking about christmas traditions in their own countries. In typical hostel fashion we decided to share our Christmas traditions with each other. We discovered that […]

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