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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Glenveagh Gardens

Glenveagh Castle & Park

5 reasons to visit Glenveagh Castle Glenveagh Castle is one of our favourite things to do in Donegal when we visit our hostels in Donegal. We never tire of it.  While the county is big enough and wild enough to warrant a lifetime of exploration and is forever throwing up new places to visit, Glenveagh […]

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Rebel Hostels in Ireland

  Ireland is celebrating its centenary of the Rising which led to its independance this year so it is a good time to visit. Luckily for us, our hostels are conveniently located near many of the commemorative events that will happen throughout the country. Not only that, but because some of our hostels are heritage […]

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interesting facts about Brú na Boinne

10 interesting facts about Brú na Boinne

Probably the most interesting facts about Brú na Boinne are that they are older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids and they are aligned with the winter solstice, but that is only half the story. There is a lot more to them than meets the eye. 1. The megamounds of Knowth, Dowth and Newgrange are well […]

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Gruesome History of Dublin

Gruesome History of Dublin

The gruesome history of Dublin could fill a number of blogposts. It seems like every corner you turn has another bloody deed or strange happening. We asked our members and staff what were the spookiest bits of history that they knew about Dublin and we were surprised by what they came back to us with. […]

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ghosts of glenmalure

The Ghosts of Glenmalure

Glenmalure Hostel is one of our most hidden hostels in Ireland. It attracts seasoned travellers who like to ramble across the vast solitude of the Wicklow Hills. Weary hikers who roam about the hills of Wicklow are delighted when they reach our back to basics hostel where the conversation keeps going as long as the […]

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rock of cashel legend

The Legend of the Rock of Cashel

If you have ever been down at our Cashel hostel you will be familiar with the Rock of Cashel. No matter which direction you approach from it sticks out on the landscape. There is a strange story about how exactly it came to be there and in typical An Óige fashion, the legend of the […]

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Kilmainham Gaol tour

Kilmainham Gaol, a fascinating part of Irish history

  It was my first weekend in Ireland, the sun was shining in all its glory, and my new friends and I were exploring Dublin. After glimpsing our handy Dublin pocket map we discovered Kilmainham Gaol (pronounced jail) close by. I hadn’t yet heard anything about Kilmainham Gaol, but my curiosity was piqued. I mean, seriously, who wouldn’t […]

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