New chairperson of An Óige

YHA England and Wales AGM 2016

Only a couple of weeks into my new role as Chairperson of An Óige, I was warmly invited by YHA England and Wales to be a key note speaker at their 2016 AGM held in the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on July 9th.  I accepted without trepidation.  YHA have long been good friends of An […]

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10 annoying questions we get asked about youth hostels in Ireland

Over the years our Head Office in Dublin has received bag loads of odd questions about youth hostels in Ireland. A few of them keep appearing. We already have an official FAQ page so we thought we would put together a definitive list of answers to some of the more interesting questions 1. Is An […]

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Volunteer Hostels

 Are you able for the Volunteer Hostel experience? Our volunteer hostels are open every day for the summer season now. Now is the time for you to discover what you are really made of! Do you think you can throw yourself into some real hostelling experiences, ones that are so special and different that will […]

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A detour from Cork to Black Valley Hostel

  Stunning mountain roads, seaside villages and calm rivers. March 13 marked my birthday and the second day of our 9 day long road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way. A great way to celebrate if I say so! I am ever so lucky that Imke has such a great internship and I get to […]

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Mysterious dogs and baby goats on the Burren

  The Burren is a national park located in county Clare, in between the cities of Galway and Limerick. Its name comes from the Irish word “Boíreann” which literally translated to rocky place; describing the area perfectly well. We arrived in the Burren national park on our 4th day of our Wild Atlantic Way road-trip. […]

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Unknown Waymont…

  Waymont was another thing that just came in our way while we were driving along the Wild Atlantic Way! We arrived at Dún Chaoin hostel around noon and we were up for a hike in the neighborhood. The weather was perfect, the sun was shining and I was even walking on my flip-flops with […]

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Driving the Wild Atlantic Way!

  If you are planning on driving the Wild Atlantic Way I have some general tips for you! At the end of March I drove part of the Wild Atlantic Way with my girlfriend and it was breathtaking… Before I moved to Ireland a couple of months ago I always saw green hills, a lot […]

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European Hostelling International Conference

  On the 11th of March, David Owens, CEO, Darragh Miller, Chair and myself Maria Shanahan, Vice-Chair, were lucky enough to attend the European Hostelling International Conference in Lille, France. Lille We flew in to Paris Charles De Gaul airport and took the speedy TGV through the lovely countryside of northern France. The weather throughout […]

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Sheilas by night

New Hostel in Cork City

An Óige are pleased to announce that they have a new franchise hostel opening in Cork City on April 8th. Popular city centre hostel, Sheila’s Hostel will take over from the Cork International Hostel as An Óige’s premier city centre hostel in Cork. Marketing Manager Roy Murray said “We have been waiting six years to […]

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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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